"This is good gear" - Campbell Mattinson
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; the 2017 vintage is a result of a cracking vintage for the Geelong region.
The 2017 Bannockburn Douglas is made up 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Shiraz and 7% Merlot, to deliver an immediately approachable blend with plenty of appeal. Blackcurrant fruit sits alongside aromas of tomato leaf, mountain herbs and Asian spices. Soft and medium-bodied, this is delicious and sweetly fruited red wine with the kind of drink-now balance and suppleness crying out for something from the grill.
"Bannockburn’s Douglas red blend is always an interesting wine. This release from 2017 is a blend of shiraz (11%), cabernet sauvignon (82%), and merlot (7%), which is a significant departure from the previous release, which was both shiraz-dominant and included pinot noir. It’s such an interesting wine. If you’d told me that there was pinot noir involved I wouldn’t have blinked. It has that light liveliness. It’s sappy and spicy, meaty and nutty, with sweet-sour cherry along with general sweet berry aromas/flavours. The energy is high here. There’s a huge amount going on. It feels cool and fragrant; it’s built on acidity; it lingers; it includes a herbal dustiness but it’s in the context of juicy, lively, light-styled fruit. It still feels very young, as a four-year-old. This is good gear. 92 Points NOv21 13.7% alc. $35 Screwcap Drink: 2021 - 2027" - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.
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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