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This is the first wine from Bannockburn vineyards that was made and bottled beginning-to-end by new head winemaker, Matt Holmes.
Matt has stamped his own signature on this release. Where ex-winemaker Michael Glover opted for 100% whole bunches in the previous release of 1314 A.D. - here, Matt uses only 20% allowing the wine possibly more universal appeal.
If you’ve loved the previous releases of 1314 A.D., fear not, the vineyard characters from this site still shine through so there’s plenty reminiscent of past vintages. There’s just a lot less whole bunch character which is likely to thrill some Bannockburn diehards and sadden others.
Just a taste of what’s to come from Matt Holmes and it’s very exciting stuff.
What It Tastes Like
Feels much more tame than the Glover releases. Easier to get to know. With the earth and undergrowth of those soils backing up the fresh red berry lead - this is sure to get some fans excited for more from Matt. Some orange peel characters and an easy loose-knit feel - this is tasty Pinot with some flair.
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Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2019
About the Producer
For decades, the Bannockburn vineyard has been producing Burgundian-inspired wines which truly reflect the winery’s unique terroir. With the arrival of new head winemaker, Matt Holmes, the next chapter of Bannockburn’s long history has commenced. New ideas, a fresh take, the start of something new and exciting for this famous patch of earth.
This Victorian region rocks some very serious wines. Pinot Noir from this area, depending on who you talk too, is arguably the best in the country. Phenomenal output for the size of it. The wines from this area are idiosyncratic and have an earthy, sensual quality. Burgundian varieties, Syrah, hell, even Pinot Gris does exceptionally well here. To be honest, it’s very hard to go wrong when buying from Geelong.
No variety captures the hearts and minds of the wine lover quite like Pinot Noir. It’s the unicorn of many a winemaker. Notoriously fickle to grow, this delicate red variety can deliver a kaleidoscope of flavours and aromas, from the bright and floral to the moody and mysterious and everything in between. The cooler regions of Australia are where Pinot Noir is most at home. Look to Tasmania and Victoria for the best examples, with some quality wines beginning to show from the Great Southern and from the cooler parts of NSW. Falling in love with Pinot Noir can be a life long affair, beware the charms of this most enchanting of grapes.
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