New Vintage Release
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.
The Bannockburn 1314 AD Pinot Noir has become affectionately known as the "mini-Bannockburn Pinot Noir" and has been hugely popular since it first appeared in 2011. We've recently welcomed the 2021 vintage of Bannockburn 1314 AD Pinot Noir; another superb value Pinot Noir from Bannockburn that is sure to have plenty of appeal.
Simply, this is a blindingly good release. It’s stylistically true, with a parade of aromas and flavours immediately recognisable to all Bannockburn Pinot fans: earth, undergrowth and bright, crunchy fruits. There’s a lovely, giving structure too. If the aim was to make a take-no-prisoners, immediately delicious Bannockburn Pinot, with an interest rate that is sky-high, then Matt Holmes has achieved full marks. And, perhaps we should not be surprised given the grade of fruit found in the bottle.
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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