2018 Bannockburn De La Roche Shiraz

Highly Rated
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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This is one beautiful expression of Shiraz from Bannockburn.

Coming from a single vineyard where the soil is littered with volcanic debris, the fruit is fermented with partial whole bunch and spends a solid amount of time - 15 months to be precise - in French oak. Expect to find intense flavours, with a whole lot of savoury character and complexity, spices intertwined with deep, dark fruits.

Deliciously elegant, it's a Shiraz to sit back and savour.

One of our three close-planted blocks, in this case planted to Shiraz. Volcanic debris throughout this block is the inspiration for the very apt name (translated as 'of the rocks').

93 Points - "Deep ruby red core. Black cherry and bunchy vegetal undertones lift from the glass. Rich and weighty on the palate. Dark berries, black olives, and a meaty undertone all demand attention. Alongside this complexity, the texture is velvet with a fine-grained tannin profile guiding it long and lingering. Not your usual Australian shiraz but offers a different expression of the variety." - Stuart Knox (The Real Review)

95 Points - "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." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

96 Points - "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." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

Customer Reviews

Bannockburn

For decades, the Bannockburn vineyard has been producing Burgundian-inspired wines which truly reflect a unique patch of Australian terroir.

Originally planted by founder Stuart Hooper and the great Gary Farr in the early 1970s, the wines that come from this special vineyard in Geelong show a rare sense of place. The ancient riverbed soils that sit below the vines impart a distinct saline character for the whites and an awesome power in the reds which makes the wines from this place immediately identifiable.

Matt Holmes is the current winemaker, having taken over from Michael Glover after years as assistant winemaker. His wines have been receiving great critical acclaim during his tenure and this great Australian vineyard's legacy seems very safe in his capable hands.

Winemaker Matt Holmes - Geelong, VIC Bannockburn

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