Altus, Geelong

The wine regions surrounding the town of Geelong are varied and diverse, from the subregions of the Surf Coast and Otways to the Bellarine Peninsula and Moorabool Valley.

Historically, Geelong was the largest grape-growing region in Victoria (in the 1800s) and in more recent times has undergone somewhat of a renaissance. In the last few decades, winemakers have been rediscovering the rich soils and a climate that is somewhere (some say halfway) between France's Bordeaux and Burgundy regions.

The region is known for boutique, family owned winegrowers producing quality hand crafted wines, more so than any bigger winery operations. Varietally speaking, Geelong is renowned for its superior Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Whilst these 3 are the staple of most winegrowers and makers, the more adventurous have been known to grow and make Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Merlot and even some of the more left-field types like Primitivo, Gamay, Carmenere and Langrein.
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  1. BANNOCKBURN 1314 A.D. SHIRAZ 2011
    The first ever 1314 a.d. Shiraz - .An attractive, lighter-bodied style of Bannockburn Shiraz. The nose has a smoky, paprika-spicy and redcurrant-ish fragrance. Followed by more of the same on the palate, alongside decayed floral, spice and pepper notes. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    Huon Hooke
  2. BANNOCKBURN 1314 A.D. PINOT NOIR 2018
    For those new to the story, the 1314 is an early-drinking version of Pinot from Bannockburn's Ann's Block--a site that also feeds Bannockburn's Pinot Noir proper. Dark cherry fruit flavours on the medium bodied palate. A vibrant punchy texture with subtle, ... Learn More
  3. FARR RISING PINOT NOIR 2017
    The fruit is hand harvested, and then sorted in the vineyard. The fruit is fermented in an open-top fermenter, and an average 60 to 70 per cent of it is destemmed. The wine is placed in 20 to 30 per cent new Allier barrels ... Learn More
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  4. BANNOCKBURN GEELONG PINOT NOIR 2017
    Bannockburn's vision has always been to produce Australian wine of a quality to emulate the great wines of France, in particular the great Burgundies. The nose shows aromas of dark berry fruits, spice and oak. Spicy, savoury, cherry flavours and ... Learn More
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    Tyson Stelzer
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  5. BANNOCKBURN CHARDONNAY 2018
    Whole bunch pressed, settled overnight and then wild fermented in French oak hogsheads and puncheons (20%new). 12 months on lees, partial malo-lactic fermentation, no stirring before bottling in January 2019. A core of fresh citrus acids, stone fruits and subtle winemaking inputs ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  6. BY FARR ‘THREE OAKS’ CHARDONNAY 2016
    By Farr wines are produced from only estate grown fruit. Each of the wines are from single vineyards. Showing a fleshy, minerally nose with fruit and integrated French oak but almost dominated by the soil characteristics and vintage freshness. The ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  7. BANNOCKBURN CHARDONNAY 2004
    Whole bunch pressed, wild fermented in 225 litre French oak barrels (predominantly Damy, 33% new). 12 months élevage, regular stirring of lees. Full malolactic fermentation. Bottled in February, 2005. The relatively mild 2004 growing season at Bannockburn has produced elegant wines with classic varietal fruits ... Learn More
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  8. BANNOCKBURN S.R.H. CHARDONNAY 2016
    Followers of Bannockburn will know that S.R.H. comes off the oldest, lowest-yielding Chardonnay vines in the Olive Tree Hill vineyard and is named in recognition of Bannockburn's founder, Stuart Reginald Hooper. These twelve rows of 40-year-old vines are ... Learn More
  9. BY FARR 'FARRSIDE' PINOT NOIR 2017
    Farrside, with each vintage continues to show more masculinity, structure and savoury components than the other two Pinots. Deep meaty, spicy and mineral are the flavours which continue to evolve Farrside as a site and wine. A balanced array of ... Learn More
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  10. BY FARR 'SANGREAL' PINOT NOIR 2017
    Sangreal is consistently made with 60 to 70 per cent whole bunch and aged in new oak. It is fermented in a five-tonne oak barrel with an open-top fermenter, and cold soaked for four days before a natural fermentation of seven to ... Learn More
  11. BANNOCKBURN 'SERRE' PINOT NOIR 2017
    This Serré is exceptional for its deep colour, real palate weight and structure The nose is rich in the classic sappy, meaty, licoricey and spicy personality. The layered fruit is impressively sweet, textured and balanced. Bannockburn's Serré vineyard was planted ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  12. BANNOCKBURN 'SERRE' PINOT NOIR 2013
    This Serré is exceptional for its deep colour, real palate weight and structure The nose is rich in the classic sappy, meaty, licoricey and spicy personality. The layered fruit is impressively sweet, textured and balanced. Bannockburn's Serré vineyard was planted ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Campbell Mattinson
  13. BY FARR 'GC COTE VINEYARD' CHARDONNAY 2016
    By Farr wines are produced from only estate grown fruit. Each of the wines are from single vineyards. Lifted nose with white peach, floral & herbal notes balanced with butterscotch and light toast. A well balanced, rich and generous palate. Wonderful ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  14. BY FARR 'TOUT PRES' PINOT NOIR 2016
    Grown on a "very close" planted and now distinguished vineyard. "Integrated and intriguingly complex on the nose. Really want to dive in. Where the RP's pure fruit leads the way, Tout Près is a true bouquet - rose petals, ... Learn More
  15. BY FARR 'RP COTE' PINOT NOIR 2016
    The fruit is hand-picked and sorted in the vineyard, then fermented in an open-top fermenter. Between 40 to 50 per cent of the fruit will be stemmed and then cold soaked for four days. We use only the natural yeast for the ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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  16. BY FARR 'RP COTE' PINOT NOIR 2017
    ‘Named after Robin Farr (my mum) Fruit from the Côte Vineyard a close-planted parcel on an exposed slope, with hillsides facing north, northeast and east. This wine is pretty and so very perfumed. The Côte sites simply produce ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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  17. ONLINE TASTING PACK - BANNOCKBURN OF GEELONG TASTING WITH WINEMAKER MATT HOLMES

    This pack contains a bottle of 3 different wines to be opened during an online tasting held on the 18th of June 2020. During the COVID-19 lockdown, we will be running a series of online, interactive tastings so you can still ... Learn More

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