Medium to deep ruby colour with almost no tint of purple, the bouquet backs up with a dominant foresty, undergrowth character from stems. A whole-bunch wine that closely resembles the pinot noirs off this vineyard. The palate is soft-textured and medium-bodied, the tannins very silky and easygoing, the stems leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste, which adds a cleansing aspect. Distinctive style here. (The label declares only 10% whole bunches)14 NOV Drink 2021
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Stelvin. Bannockburn's Shiraz is drawn predominately from vines in the south-facing Winery Block (planted in 1990), along with some fruit from the Range Road site (planted in 1974) and some declassified De La Roche. All sites possess soils of mainly volcanic scoria over basalt, clay and loam with a limestone clay base.
The 2017 was wild fermented with just 10% whole bunches and spent two weeks on skins before being pressed, settled and racked to French oak puncheons (20% new) for 13 months élevage. It's a harmonious and super-seductive expression of this wine with fleshy plum and blackcurrant fruit and hints of olive, black pepper and spice. A fine tannin structure underpins it all. A superb release of this wine.