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Bannockburn Shiraz 2018

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Bannockburn Shiraz 2018
Producer Bannockburn
Region, Country Geelong, Australia
Bottle Size 750ml
Case Size 6
Product Code 19576-750

Bannockburn's Shiraz is drawn predominately from vines in the south-facing Winery Block (planted in 1990), along with some fruit from the Range Road site (planted in 1974) and some declassified De La Roche. All sites possess soils of mainly volcanic scoria over basalt, clay and loam with a limestone clay base. 


The 2018 was wild fermented with just 10% whole bunches and spent two weeks on skins before being pressed, settled and racked to French oak puncheons (20% new) for 13 months élevage. Alongside a reduction in the use of new barrels, Matt Holmes has gradually been introducing more influence of carbonic in the Shiraz added back to the ferment after 5-7 days. Holmes feels the mature Winery vineyard has inherent savoury qualities (due to clay/limestone, old vines and poor soils) and the carbonic impact helps to lift the impression of brightness and fruit purity. We like.




Bannockburn Shiraz 2018

Reviews

“Fruit from estate vines planted 1990–2007; wild fermented on skins for an average of 2 weeks, 10% whole bunches and other lots with carbonic maceration. Matured in French hogsheads (20% new), bottled May ’19. A powerful wine that needs more time in bottle, and will richly repay patience.”
94 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion
“Yes. Very good release. Right in the zone. Peppered cherries, red and black, with woodsmoke and herbs. Bacon-like oak, totally in synch with the flavour profile of the wine. You get the feeling that these Bannockburn wines have re-found their equilibrium. This is fresh, complex, savoury and well-fruited. It’s an excellent combination of traits.”
93 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

Reviews

“Fruit from estate vines planted 1990–2007; wild fermented on skins for an average of 2 weeks, 10% whole bunches and other lots with carbonic maceration. Matured in French hogsheads (20% new), bottled May ’19. A powerful wine that needs more time in bottle, and will richly repay patience.”
94 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion
“Yes. Very good release. Right in the zone. Peppered cherries, red and black, with woodsmoke and herbs. Bacon-like oak, totally in synch with the flavour profile of the wine. You get the feeling that these Bannockburn wines have re-found their equilibrium. This is fresh, complex, savoury and well-fruited. It’s an excellent combination of traits.”
93 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

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