Victorian 3 Pack
Geelong, Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley

$90.00

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Included in this Pack:

1 bottle 2018 Bannockburn ‘1314 a.d.’ Pinot Noir, Geelong, Victoria
1 bottle 2019 Garagiste ‘Le Stagiaire’ Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
1 bottle 2018 Mac Forbes Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, Victoria

2018 Bannockburn ‘1314 a.d.’ Pinot Noir: 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.

2019 Garagiste ‘Le Stagiaire’ Pinot Noir: From Garagiste’s Balnarring, Tuerong and Merricks vineyards. The grapes were sorted then destemmed–a small percentage was fermented with 10% whole bunches–and fermented in concrete using indigenous yeast, minimal hand plunging and spending 22 days on skins. The wine was aged for ten months, on gross lees, in both concrete and and foudre (5% new). Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

This is a cracker. I am a big fan of what is happening within this winery! The red fruit falls on the pomegranate, cranberry and red current side of things with a web of spice layer built around it. The palate has an attractive pinch of acidity and a poised rip of tannins. Perfect for a night of lockdown with beef bourguignon or a beautiful pork cutlet from Bundarra Berkshires.

2018 Mac Forbes Chardonnay Mac Forbes is a bit of a rockstar these days and a seriously passionate Pinot guy. One of the great talents in Australian winemaking Mac returned from working widely overseas in 2004 to setup his own operation in the Yarra Valley. From the outset his ambition was to highlight all the subtle difference this region has to offer.

Bursting with freshness and detail. White stone fruits, apple and lemon zest. There’s a little crushed rock and sea spray too. The palate is bright and energetic. Fun style.

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Producer Profile

Bannockburn
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.

Garagiste
Anyone with even a passing interest in cool-climate Australia will already know that Garagiste is one of the Mornington Peninsula’s brightest rising stars. Barnaby Flanders created the Garagiste label following his amicable split with Allies co-founder David Chapman (who continues with the Allies label). ‘Barney’ now focuses on a snug range of small-batch wines from fruit sourced from the highly prized Merricks Grove vineyard, the Silverwood vineyard (Balnarring), and the Hugh Robinson vineyard in Moorooduc. Garagiste, the main label, is ably supported by delicious entry-level wines under the Le Stagiaire banner. Barnaby and Cam (Marshall) manage all aspects of the viticulture and winemaking themselves and a range of succulent, finely tuned and elegantly crafted cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is what results.

Mac Forbes
Situated under an hour from the heart of Melbourne the Yarra Valley has a long reputation for producing fine wines. It’s a large and diverse region and the many microclimate make it suited to growing a wider varieties to a high standard. Pinot Noir has always been a standout of the region and Mac Forbes has a formidable reputation.

Mac Forbes is a bit of a rockstar these days and a seriously passionate Pinot guy. One of the great talents in Australian winemaking Mac returned from working widely overseas in 2004 to setup his own operation in the Yarra Valley. From the outset his ambition was to highlight all the subtle difference this region has to offer.

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Included in this Pack:

1 bottle 2018 Bannockburn ‘1314 a.d.’ Pinot Noir, Geelong, Victoria
1 bottle 2019 Garagiste ‘Le Stagiaire’ Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
1 bottle 2018 Mac Forbes Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, Victoria

2018 Bannockburn ‘1314 a.d.’ Pinot Noir: 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.

2019 Garagiste ‘Le Stagiaire’ Pinot Noir: From Garagiste’s Balnarring, Tuerong and Merricks vineyards. The grapes were sorted then destemmed–a small percentage was fermented with 10% whole bunches–and fermented in concrete using indigenous yeast, minimal hand plunging and spending 22 days on skins. The wine was aged for ten months, on gross lees, in both concrete and and foudre (5% new). Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

This is a cracker. I am a big fan of what is happening within this winery! The red fruit falls on the pomegranate, cranberry and red current side of things with a web of spice layer built around it. The palate has an attractive pinch of acidity and a poised rip of tannins. Perfect for a night of lockdown with beef bourguignon or a beautiful pork cutlet from Bundarra Berkshires.

2018 Mac Forbes Chardonnay Mac Forbes is a bit of a rockstar these days and a seriously passionate Pinot guy. One of the great talents in Australian winemaking Mac returned from working widely overseas in 2004 to setup his own operation in the Yarra Valley. From the outset his ambition was to highlight all the subtle difference this region has to offer.

Bursting with freshness and detail. White stone fruits, apple and lemon zest. There’s a little crushed rock and sea spray too. The palate is bright and energetic. Fun style.