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.
A complex Sauvignon Blanc, the 2017 Bannockburn Sauvignon Blanc is afforded plenty of winemaking attention;1/3 was de-stemmed and lightly crushed before fermentation on skins for one week, finishing in older puncheons, 1/3 was whole bunch pressed to puncheons and the remainder whole bunch pressed to tank (net new puncheons 10%).
Subtle oak influence sits alongside plenty of classic varietal notes of green peas and spice on the nose. Full and yet dry, breadth from the skins, texture from the lees contact and refreshing citrus acids on the palate - this is well weighted and perfectly balanced white wine.
“You can throw this into a large-bowled glass and treat it like chardonnay, such is its texture and weight, though of course its flavour profile is all sauvignon blanc. Or a sophisticated version of the variety in any case. Clear lines of smoke and lemongrass, gravel and citrus with almond and floral notes for good measure. Acid darts through the palate but there's some chub to the texture, courtesy of its time on skins. Short-medium term time should be kind. 93 Points" - Campbell Mattinson, winecompanion.com.au.
All Bannockburn wines are produced from estate-grown fruit off our 27 hectares of vines. Situated on 3 separate sites, the vineyard soil profile ranges from black brown volcanic loam to dense clay sitting on a limestone base, and are generally of low fertility. The first vineyard was planted in 1974 with subsequent plantings during the early 1980’s, making them among the oldest in the Geelong region.
The average rainfall of 600mm. occurs mainly in winter and spring, although with the affect of the ongoing drought has been considerably lower and the rainfall is consistently much lower than neighbouring wine growing regions such as Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula.
The maritime influence over our weather ensures mild temperatures and long sunshine hours. It is normal to experience a pattern of stable, dry and low humidity conditions over the grape growing season from budburst in mid September through to the end of harvest in late April, thus allowing for a mild, extended ripening period and ideal conditions for producing healthy fruit and gradual flavour development in the grapes.
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 our unique wine flavours and wine structure are derived.
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