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.
Hand-picked, de-stemmed, on skins 10 days, then 10 months maturation in French hogsheads (33% new). Intense aromas of Chinese tea, forest and earthy spices, the palate wonderfully intense with a classic peacock’s tail finish. Date: Nov 2023; Alcohol: 13%; Price: $110.00; Drink by: 2037; Rating: 97 Points & Top 100 Wines for 2023; James Halliday Wine Companion
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