Pinot Noir, Geelong

Pinot Noir is a red grape that is one of the most challenging to grow in any part of the world. Due to its thin skin and tight bunches, it is susceptible to both mould and disease. However, when it is successful, it produces some of the most amazing wines in the world. Although its home is Burgundy, it has emerged as a popular variety in Australia. Representing only 1% of grapes crushed, it has built a high profile with a number of world-class, distinctly Australian wines being produced. The greatest examples coming from the cool climates of the Adelaide Hills, Tasmania, Mornington Peninsula, Geelong and the Yarra Valley.

Pinot Noir performs well on the deepish limestone based subsoils that are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or. However, yields need to be kept in check. Pinot Noir's concentration and varietal characters disappear rapidly if yields are excessive. Some of the best and most expensive wines in the world are still found in Burgundy.

Pinot Noir also plays a key role in Champagne, being blended with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. In the US, Oregon and Washington state are producing outstanding wines. In New Zealand, great Pinot Noirs are crafted in Martinborough and in Central Otago, New Zealand's only true continental climate.

The thin skins of Pinot Noir mean the wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However, the best wines have grippy tannins, fragrance and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, but as it matures, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouthfeel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey nuances emerging.
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. 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
  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. BY FARR 'FARRSIDE' PINOT NOIR 2018
    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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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
  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. ONLINE TASTING PACK - BANNOCKBURN OF GEELONG TASTING WITH WINEMAKER MATT HOLMES

    **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

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