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Bannockburn Douglas 2017

$33.00
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Bannockburn Douglas 2017
Producer Bannockburn
Region, Country Geelong, Australia
Bottle Size 750ml
Case Size 6
Product Code 19463-750

Named after Sir James “The Black” Douglas (Scottish knight, feudal lord and one of the chief commanders during the Wars of Scottish Independence), this idiosyncratic blend tells a multi-variety story of Bannockburn’s vineyards each year. In cooler years the Douglas gets some Shiraz added instead of Pinot (which finds its place in the warm years), to raise the fruit profile. 

From a cracking Victorian vintage, the 2017 Douglas is comprised of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Shiraz and 7% Merlot. The varietal batches were wild-fermented separately, then pressed to seasoned and 20% new hogsheads for 15 months élevage. The three parcels were racked and blended before bottling in May 2018.

 



Bannockburn Douglas 2017

Reviews

“There’s a fair amount of wildness here in that it’s slung with sap and herb notes but it’s also taut, controlled and lengthy; for all the frolic it feels confidently handled. That said, let me be doubly clear: this is a sappy style. It has tangy acidity, stem-like notes, tangerine and red cherry, earth and an aspect of rhubarb. It’s all these things but it’s also cohesive. Cedarwood oak slips around and helps combine it all. It can be enjoyed now but its best will start from a couple of years hence.”
94 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Winefront
"An 82/11/7% blend of cabernet sauvignon/shiraz/merlot; hand picked, wild-yeast fermented, matured in French hogsheads (20% new). Reflects the cool vintage, fresh and lively, and has the balance for prolonged cellaring. How it will be assessed isn't easy to predict, it's very savoury but not green or unripe."
94 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion

Reviews

“There’s a fair amount of wildness here in that it’s slung with sap and herb notes but it’s also taut, controlled and lengthy; for all the frolic it feels confidently handled. That said, let me be doubly clear: this is a sappy style. It has tangy acidity, stem-like notes, tangerine and red cherry, earth and an aspect of rhubarb. It’s all these things but it’s also cohesive. Cedarwood oak slips around and helps combine it all. It can be enjoyed now but its best will start from a couple of years hence.”
94 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Winefront
"An 82/11/7% blend of cabernet sauvignon/shiraz/merlot; hand picked, wild-yeast fermented, matured in French hogsheads (20% new). Reflects the cool vintage, fresh and lively, and has the balance for prolonged cellaring. How it will be assessed isn't easy to predict, it's very savoury but not green or unripe."
94 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion

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