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 2018 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.
"92 Points. As far as I know this is current which means that it’s released as a three-nearly-four-year-old. It’s a juicy, generous white wine on the one hand and s smoky and complex one on the other. It tastes of grapefruit and meal, tropical fruit and hay, with sweet pea-like notes humming in the background. It tastes both varietal and distinctively itself. The velvety flow of complex-but-juicy fruit flavour here is lovely.Tasted: Nov21 13% alc. Screwcap Drink: 2021 - 2025+"- Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.
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