Bannockburn Vineyards was established by the late Stuart Hooper in 1974; his vision was to create a vineyard which would produce Australian wine of a quality to emulate the great wines of France, in particular top-line Burgundies. Bannockburn continues to realise Hooper's vision under winemaker Matthew Holmes who commenced making wine at Bannockburn in 2015.
Bannockburn's Douglas is a red wine blend designed to reflect the unique philosophy of Bannockburn and the unique conditions that prevailed throughout the vintage. Always an eclectic blend; the 2016 Douglas is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon (68%), Pinot Noir (28%) and Merlot (4%).
This is a wine of enormous personality and presence; packed with dense flavours of cassis, black olives and liquorice, with an underlying savouriness and spice. A unique wine that's likely to polarise opinions - however that's probably what it's intended to do.
Bannockburn Vineyards is located 25 kms north-west of Geelong, along the Midland Highway, just outside the township of Bannockburn. The first vineyard was planted in 1974 by Stuart Hooper with subsequent plantings during the early 1980’s, making them among the oldest in the Geelong region.
A major contribution to the ongoing success of Bannockburn Vineyards was the strong foundation Stuart provided through his purist, uncompromising approach when he established the vineyard and winery. Everything was done with a commitment to producing quality wine.
All the established vineyards are dry-grown, this along with poor soil fertility, low rainfall, close-plantings and strong prevailing winds make for a tough growing environment that naturally restricts yields. These are the conditions that make up the terroir from which the unique wine flavours and structure of Bannockburn are derived.
Established as one of the standout wineries of the Geelong wine region, the Bannockburn range include varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and a dry red blend called Douglas. Bannockburn also make several celebrated single-vineyard wines, which are quickly snapped up upon release.
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