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2022 Pinot Noir Bannockburn

Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy Jane Skilton MW March 2024 ***** 95

Deep colour. Fruit sits firmly in the blue spectrum; bilberry and damson plum. Some dried thyme too. Opulent, fruit saturated flavours are silky and ripe at first then tannins sweep in to give a fine powdery veneer across the palate. Lacks the layered complexity of the single vineyard pinots but instead is a delightful expression of pinot, that will be approachable in the medium term. Drink from 2025 – 2030. Tasted: December 2023.

JancisRobinson.com Richard Hemming MW February 2024 

Succulent red berries on the nose, with green undergrowth adding complexity. Delicious smokiness on the palate, and effortless persistence. Has substance without being over-charged. The essence of Pinot. (RH) 14% Drink 2024 – 2028

The Real Review Bob Campbell MW August 2023 97/100

Deliciously fragrant and intense floral aroma that follows on to the palate where it is joined by cassis, dark cherry, black Doris plum, vanilla, savoury dried herbs and mixed spice and anise flavours. This could is the best Bannockburn pinot noir that I can recall tasting. It has an ethereal texture and a backbone of fine tannins. Absolutely delicious wine!

2022 Vintage

After a moderate winter, early spring conditions in September cooled with increased rainfall. October through December all recorded average or slightly above average rainfall which minimised – or eliminated entirely in most blocks – any need for supplemental irrigation. Combined with above average temperatures throughout this period, growth was solid and flowering completed early in warm and sunny conditions. Only the later flowering Riesling experienced some wetter weather affecting the fruit set. Cover crops in the inter-rows enjoyed the periodic rain events contributing to increased biodiversity and the ability to build good levels of soil organic matter.

January was warm and dry, advancing the phenology until a wet period in early February, with average temperatures throughout. Canopies were healthy and with a good fruit set, a green harvest was carried out across most blocks to ensure balanced and moderate yields. March was very dry with only 7mm of rainfall recorded and sunny conditions continuing. Interestingly, the mean and maximum temperatures, along with heat summation (apart from much lower rainfall), were identical to the favoured 2019 season. These warmer conditions, along with the early season heat accumulation, contributed to an early start to the harvest on March 16. Frantic picking over 5 days from March 22 to March 26 brought in over half of the harvest including all of the Chardonnay. The last parcels of Pinot Noir were picked at Elms and MacMuir on April 4, with Riesling completed on April 8 except for Block 1 Riesling on April 14.

Yields were on average normal across most Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with Riesling down around 10%. Physiological ripeness occurred readily with pleasingly balanced sugar and acidity.

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2022 Pinot Noir Bannockburn

Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy Jane Skilton MW March 2024 ***** 95

Deep colour. Fruit sits firmly in the blue spectrum; bilberry and damson plum. Some dried thyme too. Opulent, fruit saturated flavours are silky and ripe at first then tannins sweep in to give a fine powdery veneer across the palate. Lacks the layered complexity of the single vineyard pinots but instead is a delightful expression of pinot, that will be approachable in the medium term. Drink from 2025 – 2030. Tasted: December 2023.

JancisRobinson.com Richard Hemming MW February 2024 

Succulent red berries on the nose, with green undergrowth adding complexity. Delicious smokiness on the palate, and effortless persistence. Has substance without being over-charged. The essence of Pinot. (RH) 14% Drink 2024 – 2028

The Real Review Bob Campbell MW August 2023 97/100

Deliciously fragrant and intense floral aroma that follows on to the palate where it is joined by cassis, dark cherry, black Doris plum, vanilla, savoury dried herbs and mixed spice and anise flavours. This could is the best Bannockburn pinot noir that I can recall tasting. It has an ethereal texture and a backbone of fine tannins. Absolutely delicious wine!

2022 Vintage

After a moderate winter, early spring conditions in September cooled with increased rainfall. October through December all recorded average or slightly above average rainfall which minimised – or eliminated entirely in most blocks – any need for supplemental irrigation. Combined with above average temperatures throughout this period, growth was solid and flowering completed early in warm and sunny conditions. Only the later flowering Riesling experienced some wetter weather affecting the fruit set. Cover crops in the inter-rows enjoyed the periodic rain events contributing to increased biodiversity and the ability to build good levels of soil organic matter.

January was warm and dry, advancing the phenology until a wet period in early February, with average temperatures throughout. Canopies were healthy and with a good fruit set, a green harvest was carried out across most blocks to ensure balanced and moderate yields. March was very dry with only 7mm of rainfall recorded and sunny conditions continuing. Interestingly, the mean and maximum temperatures, along with heat summation (apart from much lower rainfall), were identical to the favoured 2019 season. These warmer conditions, along with the early season heat accumulation, contributed to an early start to the harvest on March 16. Frantic picking over 5 days from March 22 to March 26 brought in over half of the harvest including all of the Chardonnay. The last parcels of Pinot Noir were picked at Elms and MacMuir on April 4, with Riesling completed on April 8 except for Block 1 Riesling on April 14.

Yields were on average normal across most Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with Riesling down around 10%. Physiological ripeness occurred readily with pleasingly balanced sugar and acidity.