Bannockburn Vineyards Geelong Pinot Noir 2017
Great vintage! 94 points, Tyson Stelzer
Since its establishment by Stuart Reginald Hooper in 1974, Bannockburn Vineyards has been at the vanguard of the Australian fine wine story, producing vineyard specific wines of the highest quality from the start. It lies 25 kilometres northwest of Geelong, located in the Moorabool Valley sub-region, just outside the township of Bannockburn. The estate comprises 26 vineyard blocks – including the iconic Serré vineyard (now the site of Australia’s oldest close-planted Pinot Noir vines) – planted to seven grape varieties, of which Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz form the key quintet. Here, Bannockburn’s predominantly mature vines are rooted in one of Victorias’ most unique low-fertility terroirs; volcanic surface debris and ancient sea beds running to richer and darker soils, layered over predominantly limestone bedrock.
Following almost a decade under the steam train of energy and passion that was Michael Glover, Matt Holmes is the winemaker charged with writing the next chapter of this singular estate, taking over in 2015.
The evolution of Bannockburn’s Estate Pinot continues under Matt Holmes’ tenure. The 2017 was drawn from batches of Pinot Noir from different blocks planted in 1976, 1997 and 2007–including the perennial sources of the Olive Tree Hill Vineyard and Ann’s Block. It also includes a dollop of Pinot from the close-planted De La Terre parcel. All the fruit was fermented with indigenous yeast, with just 20% whole bunches left in the ferment. Élevage played out for 12 months in primarily Tronçais and Bertranges hogsheads (30% new), followed by a spell in older barriques. Expect lifted red fruits and savoury forest floor on the nose, a textural palate with bright acidity and fine-spun tannin.
94 points, Tyson Stelzer, Wine Business Magazine “A great representation of a great vintage that unites tang and spice, this is a Bannockburn of definition, focus and determination. It’s a pretty style, fragranced with potpourri and Chinese five spice lingering with outstanding persistence. Fantastic, fine chalk mineral tannins and vibrant acidity will sustain it long.”
93 points, James Halilday’s 2020 Australian Wine Companion “Burnished garnet and already moving away from the bright fruit notes of youth to its plateau of autumn leaf, brown spices and savoury nature. 20% whole bunches adds both fragrance and structure, the acidity ensuring that it will hold for many years in tandem with the fine chalky tannins.”
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