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.
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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