Bannockburn 1314 AD Pinot Noir

Bannockburn 1314 AD Pinot Noir 2018

Geelong, Victoria   |    750ml   |    13%
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. His role as winemaker is to be a servant to the vineyard, to the growing season and to the fruit; working towards producing wine that is a true representation of the Bannockburn style and site.

The Bannockburn 1314 AD Pinot Noir has become affectionately known as the "mini-Bannockburn Pinot Noir" and has been hugely popular since it first appeared in 2011. We're excited to have recently welcomed the 2018 vintage of Bannockburn 1314 AD Pinot Noir; another superb value Pinot Noir from Bannockburn that is sure to have plenty of appeal.

Review of the 2017 vintage included below;

"The 1314 a.d. wines have been handy additions to the Bannockburn range. They’re made with all estate-grown fruit. This is interesting. It shows trademark Bannockburn spice and stalk-like characters but it feels like a slightly tamer, juicier version thereof. Still plenty going on, mind. Cherry, cranberry, fistfuls of spice, mineral and woodsmoke. Beet too, maybe. It’s the juicy, fluid, succulent side of cerebral. This is a smart wine. It’s perfect for drinking. Rated: 91 Points Tasted: Sept18 Alcohol: 13% Price: $30 Screwcap Drink: 2018 - 2023" - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

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Bannockburn Vineyards is located 25 kms north-west of Geelong, along the Midland Highway, just outside the township of Bannockburn.

All Bannockburn wines are produced from estate-grown fruit off our 27 hectares of vines. Situated on 3 separate sites, the vineyard soil profile ranges from black brown volcanic loam to dense clay sitting on a limestone base, and are generally of low fertility. The first vineyard was planted in 1974 with subsequent plantings during the early 1980’s, making them among the oldest in the Geelong region.

The average rainfall of 600mm. occurs mainly in winter and spring, although with the affect of the ongoing drought has been considerably lower and the rainfall is consistently much lower than neighbouring wine growing regions such as Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula.

The maritime influence over our weather ensures mild temperatures and long sunshine hours. It is normal to experience a pattern of stable, dry and low humidity conditions over the grape growing season from budburst in mid September through to the end of harvest in late April, thus allowing for a mild, extended ripening period and ideal conditions for producing healthy fruit and gradual flavour development in the grapes.

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 our unique wine flavours and wine structure are derived.
From our ‘young’ Ann’s Pinot Noir block, planted in 2003–2004 to 114, 115 and MV6 clones. Hand harvested early to mid-March

> 80% destemmed into 4 tonne open fermenters. Wild yeast fermentation, with 15-20 days of total skin contact.

Pressed to French oak barriques (10% new) for 8 months élevage, with a Spring malo-lactic fermentation.

Bottled after light filtration November, 2018.

13.5% alc/vol.

Fresh medium weight forest fruits are offset by subtle whole bunch lift. Acid is enough to cleanse the palate; the gentle and perfumed nature of the harvest is to the fore, with French oak subtly contributing both aromatics and structure. Suits immediate enjoyment or short term development in cellar.

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