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Bannockburn Serré Pinot Noir 2022

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Bannockburn Serré Pinot Noir 2022
Producer Bannockburn
Region, Country Geelong, Australia
Bottle Size 750ml
Case Size 6
Product Code 22977-750

Certified organic. The 2022 marks a resounding return. This iconic vineyard is responsible for Bannockburn’s most memorable Pinot Noir. The 1.2 hectares of densely planted, low-yielding, own-rooted vines (9,000 per hectare) were planted exclusively to the MV6 clone in 1984 and 1986. The vines sit on the estate’s signature volcanic, basalt and limestone-rich soils. It is likely that this is Australia’s oldest plot of densely planted Pinot Noir—which goes some way to explaining the striking complexity and intense concentration of its wines.

In contrast to the De La Terre, the fruit for Serré was entirely destemmed before fermenting on skins for 10 days. The wine was pressed to hogsheads (33% new) and then left to mature on lees until February 2023. As with previous releases, this is a tightly packed wine layered with precision, fine detail and rumbling power. It will reward patience but will provide plenty of joy for those who cannot or will not, wait.

Bannockburn Serré Pinot Noir 2022

Reviews

“Serré, planted in 1984 and extended in 1986, certified organic in 2021, is planted to 1.2m x 1.2m vine spacing, MV6 clone Pinot Noir on own roots. It is likely that this is the oldest high-density planting of Pinot Noir in Australia. Due for release on September 1. This release is a wonder to behold. It’s firm, svelte, powerful and complex, with terrific length and all-round conviction. It’s a wine with X-factor. It tastes of earth and macerated cherries, strawberries and woodsy spice, undergrowth and fresh beet. It captivates you at hello and makes you sorrowful at goodbye. This is Bannockburn at its best, its greatness bell clear.”
96 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
“A densely planted site, nigh on Burgundian density, underlain by limestone and a maritime tang. This is very good. A bunchy, woodsy campfire spice segues effortlessly to cherry amaro, damson, ume and the fiery waft of the souk. Barely mid-weighted of feel, so detailed and ethereal is it. Intense of flavor and incandescent of energy. Best after 2026. Screw cap.”
95 points, Ned Goodwin MW, jamessuckling.com
“Planted ’84 and ’86, MV6 clone, high density (1.2m x 1.2m) spacing likely the first such in Australia. Hand picked, destemmed, on skins 10 days, thence 10 months' maturation in French hogsheads (33% new). Intense aromas of Chinese tea, forest and earthy spices, the palate wonderfully intense with a classic peacock's tail finish. The product of a very good vintage, its bright, clear colour a further plus.”
97 points, James Halliday, The Wine Companion

Reviews

“Serré, planted in 1984 and extended in 1986, certified organic in 2021, is planted to 1.2m x 1.2m vine spacing, MV6 clone Pinot Noir on own roots. It is likely that this is the oldest high-density planting of Pinot Noir in Australia. Due for release on September 1. This release is a wonder to behold. It’s firm, svelte, powerful and complex, with terrific length and all-round conviction. It’s a wine with X-factor. It tastes of earth and macerated cherries, strawberries and woodsy spice, undergrowth and fresh beet. It captivates you at hello and makes you sorrowful at goodbye. This is Bannockburn at its best, its greatness bell clear.”
96 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
“A densely planted site, nigh on Burgundian density, underlain by limestone and a maritime tang. This is very good. A bunchy, woodsy campfire spice segues effortlessly to cherry amaro, damson, ume and the fiery waft of the souk. Barely mid-weighted of feel, so detailed and ethereal is it. Intense of flavor and incandescent of energy. Best after 2026. Screw cap.”
95 points, Ned Goodwin MW, jamessuckling.com
“Planted ’84 and ’86, MV6 clone, high density (1.2m x 1.2m) spacing likely the first such in Australia. Hand picked, destemmed, on skins 10 days, thence 10 months' maturation in French hogsheads (33% new). Intense aromas of Chinese tea, forest and earthy spices, the palate wonderfully intense with a classic peacock's tail finish. The product of a very good vintage, its bright, clear colour a further plus.”
97 points, James Halliday, The Wine Companion

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