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Bannockburn Vineyards was established by Stuart Hooper in 1974.His vision was to create a vineyard which would produce Australian wine of a quality to emulate the great wines of France, in particular the great Burgundies. Stuart Hooper had a purist, uncompromising approach to quality grape growing and winemaking. He had a strong belief in making wines which genuinely reflect the flavours of the vineyard.

Although Stuart has since passed away, Bannockburn Vineyards remains in the Hooper family and his philosophy remains as the cornerstone behind all we do at Bannockburn today. 

The De La Roche vineyard is possibly unique in this country being a close-planted Shiraz vineyard. And for added interest, the vineyard has been planted with cuttings originating from the pedigree vineyards of Bests and Tahbilk. Dry-grown and organically managed, the low yielding vines are already outperforming other vineyards that are much older, displaying exceptional fruit flavours and some very exciting results. Approximately 250 cases produced.

Second release ex new close-planted shiraz vineyard (10 000 vines per hectare), yielding 500 grammes per vine. A super-elegant, highly fragrant spice, pepper, black cherry and blackberry compote that is deceptively light on its feet; fine, but distinctly savoury tannins provide complexity and structure. Rating: 96 Pints & Special Value Star; Drink by: 2037; Price: $65.00; Date Tasted: Jun 2014; Alcohol: 13.5%; James Halliday Wine Companion

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