Bannockburn 1314 A.D Pinot Noir 2016
SPECIAL 6 PACK BUY. ‘Baby’ Bannockburn.
Bannockburn Vineyards (25 kms north west of Geelong) have been one of the trailblazers of Australian fine wine for over 37 years. This is from new winemaker Matt Holmes and from this we can tell a great Australian Estate is clearly in safe hands. This 1314 comes from Bannockburn’s Ann’s Pinot block – a site that also feeds Bannockburn’s Pinot proper – planted in 2004/5 to 114, 115 and MV6 clones. In short, it is Estate Bannockburn, grown and made with the same care and attention as all the Estate wines. It is was wild-yeast fermented in open, 4-tonne fermenters before being pressed to French oak barriques (20% new) for 8 months élevage. Perfumed, vibrant, crunchy and pure. Just a delicious little Pinot with oodles of character and breed for the money. Utilizing only 20% whole bunches (previous winemaker Michael Glover’s last 1314 was 100% full stems) Matt may have toned down some of the polarising elements of the historic style, but it’s still very classically Bannockburn Pinot- sappy, spicy and racy yet with excellent depth as well. The stem influence is there but it’s in the slipstream of a vibrant, punchy texture with plenty of fresh, dark cherry fruit to go with the subtle, whole bunch complexity. It’s a bargain. It’s super exciting for the future of Bannockburn. We love it and we hope you will too.
93 Points – Andrew Graham (ozwinereview.com.au) “With the new ’16 vintage of 1314 Pinot that equals less whole bunches (just 20%) but the same recipe otherwise – so still sourced from Bannockburn’s Ann’s Pinot block, wild fermented and matured for 8 months in oak. Stylistically, this taps into the very best of the Bannockburn styles, with still the same sappy, ripe and very Pinoty nose. This is Geelong Pinot mate, and it smells unlike Burgundy (terroir at work).
Importantly, this has a length of sappy, almost stewed (but not in an overripe sense) fruit, and some late bitterness for backbone. The stems are there, but so is that fruit too, in a not-delicate-but-delicious style. I’ve tasted a bit of Burgundy recently, and know that if you slipped this into a blind lineup of village level wines, it would smash many. Yet price-wise we’re talking about a wine that sells for sub $30AUD, which is more akin to shitty Bourgogne prices (in Australia at least). Substantial wine for the dollars. Best drinking: 2017-2023.’
94 points, Patrick Eckel, (winereviewer.com.au) “You would be hard pressed to find a better value for money Pinot, the 1314 release is made in similar style to the Estate wine with definitive whole bunch character (20%), lip smakingly expressive fruit and oak treatment that you rarely find on a wine sub $30.
A youthful light red in colour with a nose of sappy rhubarb and cherry with aromatic oak that gives a touch of wood smoke. The palate is medium to full bodied with well defined and expressed dimensions of fruit, oak and tannin. The finish combines dark cherry with subtle undergrowth and a lingering spice of french oak.
The 1314 is still a well kept secret, it’s worth hunting some down.”
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