Oh la la, la Bannockburn
In 2013 I worked my first harvest under Michael Glover at Bannockburn. It was a super fun and formative experience and my love for the place persists.
Here's two very grown-up, detailed wines made with great respect for the vinous history of Bannockburn. Both feature the artwork of Travis MacDonald.
2018 Single Year Release Bannockburn Chardonnay
Genuinely golden hue in the glass, power and interest are immediate. Cut hay, rusty quartz and lemon myrtle aromatics are layered and forward. There's also a smell of recent rain in dry Australian bush, which is nice. Paper daisies too.
A rich palate, with a pithy drive bringing the wine into balance. Oatmeal, honey, nettle, lemon and lime rind. Broad and long, full of texture and with a gentle lingering grip. Mineralic, arid soils combing with gentle phenolic extraction, some oak and lots of lees. Very classy, yummy stuff.
Give this wine time to open and reveal itself.
2017 Single Year Release Bannockburn Shiraz
Sweaty, smoky, spicy aromatics. There’s savoury quince on the nose, blackberry, dense olive tapenade.
The palate is surprisingly delicate and mineral. There’s black, blue and dark red fruit. The tense, flinty minerals dominate the palate, drawing a long bow. Long, gentle maceration has allowed a fine tannin to support the fruit of the wine rather than overtaking. Very balanced.