Bannockburn
‘1314 a.d.’
Pinot Noir 2018
Geelong, Victoria

$30.00

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Style: Red: Juicy, fluid with spice.

Producer: Bannockburn

Region: Geelong, Victoria

Grape: Pinot Noir

Vintage: 2018

Soil: Red soil over limestone

Farming: Sustainable

Oak: French oak (10% new)

Alcohol: 13.5%

Glassware: Burgundy Stem

Decant: Not required

Serving Temperature: 14 – 16°C

The Wine: Always a favourite from this winery as it delivers huge value for money. Bright and lifted red fruits in the form of cherry, raspberry and cranberry. There’s a nice pop of spice and savoury complexity build in too and just a faint whiff of fine French oak. The palate is soft and supply. Fine silky tannins sweep across the palate while the bright acidity brings a welcome refreshing edge.

Sebastian Crowther MS

Producer Profile

Stuart Hooper was a successful businessman with a passion for everything about wine. He envisioned creating a vineyard that would produce Australian wine of a quality to emulate the great regions of France.

In the early 1970's Stuart selected a plot of land in the Moorabool Valley near the township of Bannockburn. A promising site with the desirable soil composition consistent with quality viticulture and a rich history of premium wine grape production dating back to the 1870's. The initial plantings were shiraz vines. Before long, more land was acquired, more vines and varieties planted - the story had begun.

A major contribution to the 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.

Although Stuart has since passed, Bannockburn Vineyards remains in the Hooper family, with his daughters as custodians to ensure his philosophy is preserved, providing the cornerstone of all that we do at Bannockburn today.

We continue to benefit from the foresight shown by Stuart Hooper; in the 1970s and 1980s when the Australian wine industry firmly had Bordeaux as the reference point, Stuart planted Burgundian varieties. Our Serré vineyard is now the site of Australia's oldest close-planted Pinot Noir vines.

Matt Holmes commenced making the wines at Bannockburn Vineyards in 2015. He sees his role as a servant to the vineyard, growing season and fruit to produce wines representative of our style and site. Above all, gentle inputs and minimal additions are his goal. In his words, “Well-nourished vines grown in a suitable spot, picked on the right day, transcribed as wine.”

Previously, Matt had been making wine in the Okanagan wine region of British Columbia, Canada. During these 10 years he also gained a broad range of experience working additional vintages in the U.S., France, Italy, New Zealand as well as Australia.

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Review

Style: Red: Juicy, fluid with spice.

Producer: Bannockburn

Region: Geelong, Victoria

Grape: Pinot Noir

Vintage: 2018

Soil: Red soil over limestone

Farming: Sustainable

Oak: French oak (10% new)

Alcohol: 13.5%

Glassware: Burgundy Stem

Decant: Not required

Serving Temperature: 14 – 16°C

The Wine: Always a favourite from this winery as it delivers huge value for money. Bright and lifted red fruits in the form of cherry, raspberry and cranberry. There’s a nice pop of spice and savoury complexity build in too and just a faint whiff of fine French oak. The palate is soft and supply. Fine silky tannins sweep across the palate while the bright acidity brings a welcome refreshing edge.

Sebastian Crowther MS