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Bannockburn Shiraz 2019

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Bannockburn Shiraz 2019
Producer Bannockburn
Region, Country Geelong, Australia
Bottle Size 750ml
Case Size 6
Product Code 20952-750

Bannockburn’s Shiraz is drawn predominately from vines in the south-facing Winery Block (planted in 1990) and some declassified De La Roche (planted in 2007). All sites possess soils of mainly volcanic scoria over basalt, clay and loam with a limestone clay base.

 

The 2019 was wild fermented with just 10% whole bunches and spent two weeks on skins before being pressed, settled and racked to French oak puncheons (10% 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 his Shiraz. Holmes feels the mature Winery Block has inherent savoury qualities (due to the clay/limestone, old vines and poor soils) and the carbonic impact helps to lift the impression of brightness and fruit purity.

 


Bannockburn Shiraz 2019

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Reviews

"From blocks planted in ’90, ’96 and ’07; wild-yeast fermented (10% whole bunches) and matured in French oak. Rated as a superlative red vintage. It's vibrant and light on its feet, covered with all the cool-grown epaulettes, the fruits more black than red and spices and pepper high, wide and handsome.”
96 points, James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au
"A remarkably light-bodied and delicate, but nicely structured Australian shiraz that reminds me a bit of traditional red Burgundy. I love the red berry and blood orange freshness that neatly marries with the fine tannins and give it excellent depth at the long, elegant finish. From vines planted in 1990, 1996 and 2007. Drink or hold. Screw cap.'
94 points, jamessuckling.com
“There’s a fair amount of stalk, spice and mezcal-like flavour here but the fruit is up to it, every step of the way. This is a Greystoke kind of wine; wild but tamed. Succulent cherry, game, truffle, custard powder and corn flavours come polished and pure. Everything here feels both finessed and fine-grained and yet, at the same time, there’s a riot going on. A quiet riot, perhaps. It will be wonderful at maturity. This is firmly in “Burgundian Shiraz” territory. It’s not for everyone but it’s a beaut, in its style.”
94 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

Reviews

"From blocks planted in ’90, ’96 and ’07; wild-yeast fermented (10% whole bunches) and matured in French oak. Rated as a superlative red vintage. It's vibrant and light on its feet, covered with all the cool-grown epaulettes, the fruits more black than red and spices and pepper high, wide and handsome.”
96 points, James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au
"A remarkably light-bodied and delicate, but nicely structured Australian shiraz that reminds me a bit of traditional red Burgundy. I love the red berry and blood orange freshness that neatly marries with the fine tannins and give it excellent depth at the long, elegant finish. From vines planted in 1990, 1996 and 2007. Drink or hold. Screw cap.'
94 points, jamessuckling.com
“There’s a fair amount of stalk, spice and mezcal-like flavour here but the fruit is up to it, every step of the way. This is a Greystoke kind of wine; wild but tamed. Succulent cherry, game, truffle, custard powder and corn flavours come polished and pure. Everything here feels both finessed and fine-grained and yet, at the same time, there’s a riot going on. A quiet riot, perhaps. It will be wonderful at maturity. This is firmly in “Burgundian Shiraz” territory. It’s not for everyone but it’s a beaut, in its style.”
94 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

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