97 Points - James Halliday
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 2019 Bannockburn Pinot Noir was drawn from batches of Pinot Noir from several different blocks planted in 1976, 1997 and 2007. The soils of all these blocks are volcanic loam and dark clay over a limestone clay base. This offers lifted red fruits and savoury forest floor on the nose, bright acid and fine tannin on the palate. Immediately enjoyable with impressive complexity, this wine will reward medium term ageing in cellar.
"97 Points. Primarily clone MV6 planted in 1976; 20% whole bunch, matured in Troncais hogsheads (25% new) for 10 months. Bright colour; the bouquet fragrant to the point of perfumed: violets, rose petals, earth and forest floor, dark cherry/berry fruit at the core; long, lingering, savoury finish. 13.5% alc. Screwcap, drink to 2039. $67"- James Halliday, The Weekend Australian, August 2021.
"94 Points. Love the firmness of this. The impression of confidence. This has a weight to it in a varietal sense, a freshness too, a composure. This is bold with red and black cherry, beet, dry spice and stem, the fruit ripe but not sweet, the spice more earthen than roasted. It’s still evolving on the nose but the palate has all the credentials. Hold this. It’s going to evolve beautifully. Tasted: May21 13.5% alc. $67 Screwcap Drink: 2023 - 2030+" - 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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