Bannockburn De La Roche Shiraz 2017
1 or more bottles$58.99
Stelvin. Planted in 2007, this 0.8-hectare vineyard is littered with volcanic rocks (hence the name) and lies on the plateau above the De La Terre slope—essentially making it a westerly extension of the Serré vineyard. It was originally planted with various clonal cuttings from Best’s and Tahbilk on a mix of rootstock and own roots. Holmes only uses the Best’s clone in this bottling today and the rest of the site has been grafted over to Chardonnay, giving Bannockburn a close-planted Chardonnay block, named Grigsby after Bannockburn’s long-standing vineyard manager.This single clone and the recent changes in vineyard practice have produced something finer and more classical than the early De La Terre releases. The 2017 was wild-fermented with 70% whole bunches and pressed off after two weeks on skins. The wine was then raised in a mix of old and new (30%) hogsheads.A super-complex, savoury, tapenade, ferrous, roasted meat and peppercorn-noted nose leads to an equally savoury yet also seductive, smooth and textural palate. Really velvety even if the finish is sappy and super vibrant. Such a unique and delicious wine in the firmament of Australian Shiraz/Syrah.
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The wine region of Victoria has the highest number of grapevines than any other state in Australia. It is home to over 600 wineries and well-known regions such as Yarra Valley, Heathcote, and Rutherglen. Victoria is situated in the southeastern corner of Australia where due to the location, the climate has a cool maritime influence and is known for its outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with producing Australia’s most famed dessert Muscat and Topaque wines.
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About the brand Bannockburn Vineyards
Established by Stuart Hopper in 1974, Bannockburn is a family-owned winery in the Bannockburn Township just outside Geelong. With three vineyard sites, some dating back to the early 1980's, Bannockburn's holdings total 27 hectares featuring some of the oldest vines in the region.
A strong Burgundian influence is evidenced by the focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, while also showcasing Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz. In addition to organic, dry-gown viticulture, winemaker Michael Glover relies on a combination of winemaking techniques including whole-bunch ferments, wild yeasts and extended maceration times to contribute to the wine's exquisite concentration and elegance. A harsh environment of poor soils, bitter winds and minimal rainfall make for difficult growing conditions, which results in restricted yields of concentrated aromatics and flavour assisting to produce unique, premium wines year after year.