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Bannockburn De La Roche Shiraz 2018

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Bannockburn De La Roche Shiraz 2018
Bannockburn De La Roche Shiraz 2018
Producer Bannockburn
Region, Country Geelong, Australia
Bottle Size 750ml
Case Size 6
Product Code 20899-750

Planted in 2007, this tiny 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). The density is 10,000 vines per hectare in 1.2m rows x 1.0m vine spacing, on a north-south row exposition.

The 2018 was wild-fermented with 10% whole bunches and some carbonic maceration influence, followed by maturation in French oak hogsheads for 15 months (only five to 10% new this year). 


Bannockburn De La Roche Shiraz 2018
Bannockburn De La Roche Shiraz 2018

Reviews

“This is a medium-weight shiraz that’s big on personality. It’s bunchy, nutty and a little truffle-infused but the core of silken fruit, black cherries into sweet plum, has a plushness to it, and a seduction. Thus is a shiraz with garden herb, woodsmoke and graphite characters woven through, and more, and should rightly be filed under savoury, and yet at heart it’s fruity and generous. It unfurls as the evening progresses but really, even at hello, it has you sitting up straighter.”
95 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
"Single-vineyard Tahbilk-clone shiraz, hand picked and wild-yeast fermented wit 20% whole bunches; matured for 15 months in French oak. A deliciously supple wine, the whole bunches adding a twist of forest to the blackberry and plum fruit that illuminates both the bouquet and palate. As ready now as it will ever be."
96 points, James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2024

Reviews

“This is a medium-weight shiraz that’s big on personality. It’s bunchy, nutty and a little truffle-infused but the core of silken fruit, black cherries into sweet plum, has a plushness to it, and a seduction. Thus is a shiraz with garden herb, woodsmoke and graphite characters woven through, and more, and should rightly be filed under savoury, and yet at heart it’s fruity and generous. It unfurls as the evening progresses but really, even at hello, it has you sitting up straighter.”
95 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
"Single-vineyard Tahbilk-clone shiraz, hand picked and wild-yeast fermented wit 20% whole bunches; matured for 15 months in French oak. A deliciously supple wine, the whole bunches adding a twist of forest to the blackberry and plum fruit that illuminates both the bouquet and palate. As ready now as it will ever be."
96 points, James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2024

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