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Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2022

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Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2022
Producer Bannockburn
Region, Country Geelong, Australia
Bottle Size 750ml
Case Size 6
Product Code 22097-750

This “outstanding” release is drawn from Bannockburn’s entire spectrum of vineyards (planted in 1976, 1997 and 2007), including fruit from the iconic, close-planted blocks. All the sites have volcanic loam and dark clay over a limestone base and are planted to various clones, mainly MV6 with a smattering of the Dijon (or Bernard) clones 114, 115 and 777. Hand-picked fruit from each block fermented separately. Twenty per cent whole bunches and a small portion of carbonic was used. The wine was then pressed to a combination of hogsheads and puncheons (20% new) for a ten-month élevage before blending.

Bursting with bright red fruit and with Bannockburn’s savoury/earthy signature woven throughout, there’s enticing purity, great fruit tannin and a deliciously supple mouthfeel. A touch of sweet-and-sour complexity on the finish offers a glimpse of things to come as it evolves, but it's absolutely singing already. Dive in.

Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2022

Reviews

“I guess that you'd call this light but its length and general insistence is right up there. Indeed over the course of 24 hours this just built and expanded in the most impressive of ways. It's a minerally pinot noir, smoky and spicy, with red cherried flavour run through with herbs and twigs and undergrowth. In its infancy, now, it somehow manages to be quite remarkably complex; it will only add from here. Certainly it's light but this is an outstanding pinot noir.”
95+ points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
"Medium-light colour with a tinge of purple, and there are lovely fivespice and dried herb aromas, some sousbois, some earthiness, all very complex. Toasty/smoky oak adds extra savouriness. The wine is rich and full in the mouth with a core of fruit sweetness and an enveloping web of fine, silky tannins. Lovely wine: it has a real deliciousness to it."
95 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review
"From vines planted 1976 to 2007 on conventional and close plantings; primarily MV6, with some 114, 115 and 777 clones. Hand picked, wild fermented with 20% whole bunches including some carbonic maceration. The bouquet is at once very expressive and complex with purple and red berries, and high-toned Asian spices, the palate following in the footprints of the bouquet and first-up savoury fruits. An emphatically very good pinot."
97 points, James Halliday, The Wine Companion
“A fine producer that doesn't shy away from plenty of whole bunches in the mix, imbuing spice, tannic tempo and complexity, while compressing the inherently sweet fruit. Bright red cherry, clove and musk, with a verdant piquancy that impinges on the nose while adding to the palate. I find that the stemmy notes, when used judiciously as is the case here, integrate with time. Lots of sap, detail and crunchy refinement. Drink or hold. Screw cap.”
93 points, Ned Goodwin MW, jamessuckling.com

Reviews

“I guess that you'd call this light but its length and general insistence is right up there. Indeed over the course of 24 hours this just built and expanded in the most impressive of ways. It's a minerally pinot noir, smoky and spicy, with red cherried flavour run through with herbs and twigs and undergrowth. In its infancy, now, it somehow manages to be quite remarkably complex; it will only add from here. Certainly it's light but this is an outstanding pinot noir.”
95+ points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
"Medium-light colour with a tinge of purple, and there are lovely fivespice and dried herb aromas, some sousbois, some earthiness, all very complex. Toasty/smoky oak adds extra savouriness. The wine is rich and full in the mouth with a core of fruit sweetness and an enveloping web of fine, silky tannins. Lovely wine: it has a real deliciousness to it."
95 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review
"From vines planted 1976 to 2007 on conventional and close plantings; primarily MV6, with some 114, 115 and 777 clones. Hand picked, wild fermented with 20% whole bunches including some carbonic maceration. The bouquet is at once very expressive and complex with purple and red berries, and high-toned Asian spices, the palate following in the footprints of the bouquet and first-up savoury fruits. An emphatically very good pinot."
97 points, James Halliday, The Wine Companion
“A fine producer that doesn't shy away from plenty of whole bunches in the mix, imbuing spice, tannic tempo and complexity, while compressing the inherently sweet fruit. Bright red cherry, clove and musk, with a verdant piquancy that impinges on the nose while adding to the palate. I find that the stemmy notes, when used judiciously as is the case here, integrate with time. Lots of sap, detail and crunchy refinement. Drink or hold. Screw cap.”
93 points, Ned Goodwin MW, jamessuckling.com

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