The classic, truly Australian blend is Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, but it is also blended with Grenache and Mourvedre (GSM) in warmer climates. In recent years it is increasingly being blended with Viognier to create the Shiraz/Viognier blend.
Shiraz's home is in the Northern Rhône's, Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, in France. It is now also grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others.
Chardonnay is planted in almost every region in the world and makes a wide variety of wine styles from light-bodied, crisp and unoaked through to full-bodied, complex barrel matured versions. Chardonnay is an adaptable variety and can be grown in cool regions as well as warm areas. It is a productive, early budding and early ripening variety.
Chardonnay first came to Australia in the 1920s but didn’t find popularity until the 1970s. Grown all across the country the cool climate versions (like found in the Yarra Valley and Tasmania) tend to be lighter in body with higher acidity and more subtle flavours. Warm climate versions (found in Margaret River, Hunter Valley and the Adelaide Hills) tend to be more full-bodied with richer, riper fruit and bolder flavours.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
**THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER, BUT PACK STILL AVAILABLE**
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 ... Learn More