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For decades, Bannockburn has established itself as a cornerstone of Australian fine wine. Founded in the 1970s by visionary Stuart Hooper and legendary winemaker Gary Farr, the estate boasts a unique terroir sculpted by ancient riverbeds and sun-drenched slopes. These wines resonate with a Burgundian influence, while showcasing their distinctly Australian character.

Current winemaker Matt Holmes carries the torch with a quiet dedication. His approach reflects a deep respect for the land, evident in the flourishing organic practices that nurture healthy vines and vibrant fruit. Under his guidance, Chardonnay emerges with elegant vibrancy, its fresh acidity balanced by subtle oak. Pinot Noir, the estate's crown jewel, unveils a newfound purity thanks to earlier bottling, capturing a whisper of Burgundian grace.

Holmes isn't alone in this evolution. Viticulturist Lucas Grigsby, with over 30 years of experience, tends the vines with a seasoned hand. Their shared philosophy emphasizes sustainability, from organic composting and straw mulching to fostering inter-row cover crops. This respect for the earth extends to the winery, where minimal intervention and wild yeast ferments allow the fruit to express its full potential.

Bannockburn's heart beats not only in its core range, but also in its celebrated single-vineyard wines. S.R.H. Chardonnay, named after the founder, whispers of ancient marine sediments, its minerality a captivating counterpoint to intense flavors. The iconic Serré vineyard, established in 1984, boasts tightly-packed rows echoing the spirit of Grand Cru Burgundy. And then there's De la Terre, a recent triumph, pushing the boundaries of density and intensity with its 10,000 vines per hectare.

Each bottle of Bannockburn is a story whispered from the earth, a testament to a legacy that continues to evolve. Here, Burgundian influences intertwine with Australian terroir, woven by passion, respect, and time. These are wines that speak of place, of history, and of a future brimming with vibrant promise.

Halliday Wine Companion Top 100 Wineries 2023
#28: Bannockburn Vineyards

"Bannockburn has been celebrated for its Burgundian varieties and the degree of complexity and depth achieved in both chardonnay and pinot noir. With five pinots produced, the producer has style and diversity of the grape well covered. However, this is not to dismiss the quality of its lively, spice-fuelled shiraz, something of an unsung hero.” Jeni Port, Wine Companion
“These are seriously good wines and stylistically nothing like the Bannockburns of old.” Jane Faulkner, The Age
“The late Stuart Hooper had a deep love for the wines of Burgundy, and was able to drink the best. When he established Bannockburn, it was inevitable that pinot noir and chardonnay would form the major part of the plantings, with lesser amounts of riesling, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and merlot. Bannockburn is still owned by members of the Hooper family, who continue to respect Stuart’s strong belief in making wines that reflect the flavours of the certified-organic vineyard.”

★★★★★ Halliday Wine Companion

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2022 Bannockburn De La Terre Pinot Noir
2022 Bannockburn De La Terre Pinot NoirGeelong
Super complex, sinewy, single vineyard Pinot Noir from Bannockburn in Geelong.
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2022 Bannockburn Serre Pinot Noir
2022 Bannockburn Serre Pinot NoirGeelong
Iconic, one-of-a-kind Pinot Noir from this benchmark Australian producer.
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2022 Bannockburn Chardonnay
2022 Bannockburn ChardonnayGeelong
Class act Geelong Chardonnay from one of the region's great wine estates. Powerful and polished.
Sale price$63.00
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2020 Bannockburn 1314 a.d. Blanc
2020 Bannockburn 1314 a.d. BlancGeelong
A new wines from the Bannockburn stable. Chardonnay meets Riesling by the hands of Matt Holmes.
Sale price$25.00
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2022 Bannockburn Pinot Noir
2022 Bannockburn Pinot NoirGeelong
One of the benchmark Pinot Noirs of the Geelong region, and one of Australia's most distinctive styles.
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2019 Bannockburn Shiraz
2019 Bannockburn ShirazYarra Valley
Spicy, medium-bodied, structural... truly unique cool climate Shiraz from Bannockburn.
Sale price$45.00
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2022 Bannockburn Chardonnay 1.5L
2022 Bannockburn Chardonnay 1.5LGeelong
Class act Geelong Chardonnay from one of the region's great wine estates. Powerful and polished.
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2022 Bannockburn 1314 Chardonnay
2022 Bannockburn 1314 ChardonnayGeelong
Solid value Chardy from Bannockburn, made for early, laid back drinking.
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2022 Bannockburn Serre Pinot Noir 1.5L
2022 Bannockburn Serre Pinot Noir 1.5LGeelong
Iconic, one-of-a-kind Pinot Noir from this benchmark Australian producer.
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2022 Bannockburn S.R.H. Chardonnay 1.5L
2022 Bannockburn S.R.H. Chardonnay 1.5LGeelong
Powerful, luscious and characterful white wine here. A must for lovers of iconic Aussie Chardonnay.
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2022 Bannockburn S.R.H. Chardonnay
2022 Bannockburn S.R.H. ChardonnayGeelong
Powerful, luscious and characterful white wine here. A must for lovers of iconic Aussie Chardonnay.
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2022 Bannockburn Grigsby Chardonnay
2022 Bannockburn Grigsby ChardonnayGeelong
Poise and focus galore in this exquisite organic Chardonnay from Geelong's iconic Bannockburn estate.
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2022 Bannockburn Pinot Noir 1.5L
2022 Bannockburn Pinot Noir 1.5LGeelong
One of the benchmark Pinot Noirs of the Geelong region, and one of Australia's most distinctive styles.
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2022 Bannockburn 1314 Rose
2022 Bannockburn 1314 RoseGeelong
An enticingly floral and crunchy Rose made from Shiraz, crafted by the talented Matt Holmes.
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2022 Bannockburn 1314 Pinot Noir
2022 Bannockburn 1314 Pinot NoirGeelong
The perfect introduction to this iconic estate. A consistently great value, spicy, bunchy Pinot Noir.
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2021 Bannockburn S.R.H. Chardonnay
2021 Bannockburn S.R.H. ChardonnayYarra Valley
Powerful, luscious and characterful white wine here. A must for lovers of iconic Aussie Chardonnay.
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2021 Bannockburn Grigsby Chardonnay
2021 Bannockburn Grigsby ChardonnayYarra Valley
Poise and focus galore in this exquisite organic Chardonnay from Geelong's iconic Bannockburn estate.
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2018 Bannockburn De La Roche Shiraz
2018 Bannockburn De La Roche ShirazYarra Valley
Intense, idiosyncratic single vineyard Shiraz, densely-planted and and densely flavoured with plenty of sappy, savoury fruit and whole bunch influence.
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2021 Bannockburn Pinot Noir
2021 Bannockburn Pinot NoirGeelong
One of the benchmark Pinot Noirs of the Geelong region, and one of Australia's most distinctive styles.
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2021 Bannockburn Chardonnay
2021 Bannockburn ChardonnayGeelong
Class act Geelong Chardonnay from one of the region's great wine estates. Powerful and polished.
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2021 Bannockburn Chardonnay 1.5L
2021 Bannockburn Chardonnay 1.5LGeelong
Class act Geelong Chardonnay from one of the region's great wine estates. Powerful and polished.
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2021 Bannockburn Pinot Noir 1.5L
2021 Bannockburn Pinot Noir 1.5LGeelong
One of the benchmark Pinot Noirs of the Geelong region, and one of Australia's most distinctive styles.
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2019 Bannockburn S.R.H. Chardonnay
2019 Bannockburn S.R.H. ChardonnayGeelong
Powerful, luscious and characterful white wine here. A must for lovers of iconic Aussie Chardonnay.
Sale price$86.00
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2021 Bannockburn Riesling
2021 Bannockburn RieslingGeelong
Alluring, off-beat Riesling from Geelong, with a lush texture and mineral length.
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