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.
Bannockburn's Serré vineyard was planted in the mid 1980's and was designed to replicate a Grand Cru vineyard in Burgundy with low trellising and close planting of rows to give 9000vines /hectare. The vineyard is dry-grown, organically maintained and is very labour intensive to manage. On average Serre produces a low-yielding 500g/vine of some of the most unique Pinot Noir grapes grown in Australia. The 2012 season provided close to perfect growing conditions and this vintage of Serré will go down as one of our best ever.
Whole bunch-fermented pinot, 20 months in French oak (mainly used). Vivid, deep crimson; the whole bunch fermentation (and the close planting) indelibly stamp their mark, but despite the ultra-complex nature of the wine, there is harmony wherever you look from the bouquet through to the mid-palate, finish and aftertaste. All class in a whole bunch context. Rating: 97 Points; Drink by: 2027; Price: $95.00; Date Tasted: Feb 2015; Alcohol: 12.5%; James Halliday Wine Companion
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