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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. 

Our oldest Pinot Noir vines planted in 1976 at Olive Tree Hill provide the fruit for Stuart Pinot. Since 2006 this wine has always been made using 100% whole bunches to assist with perfume, complexity and longevity. The 2012 season provided excellent grape growing conditions and this vintage is showing all the signs of developing into a classic Stuart Pinot.

From the oldest block of pinot noir vines on the Bannockburn estate, planted in 1976. 100% whole bunch. One third new oak. 135 dozen produced. It’s dry and spicy but mostly it’s immensely persistent. The flavours here push on into the next day. Roasted nuts, undergrowth, sap, sweet cherries, fruits of the forest. Savoury is its middle name, and its surname too. Once again it’s a polarising wine, riddled with stalk, woodsmoke and mineral, but it’s ripe and sophisticated and the length of flavour is something else. Rating: 96 Points; Drink: 2015-2028; Price: $70; Date Tasted: Nov 2014; Alcohol: 13.5%; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front


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