2021 Bannockburn Vineyards Pinot Noir - Bannockburn, Victoria
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The 2021 Estate Pinot Noir was drawn from Bannockburn's entire spectrum of vineyards (planted in 1976, 1997 and 2007), including fruit from the iconic, close-planted blocks.
"We could try to attribute just how much the worth of this release is derived from either the quality of the vintage or the inclusion of Bannockburn's best blocks, but why worry? It's an intense, deftly structured Pinot with a deep core of red fruits, lined with tension and purity.
There's a gorgeous aromatic finesse and succulence to the red berry fruit, itself nuanced by fragrant spice and a nip of cranberry crunch. Fine, stylish tannins guide the palate, while elegant acidity pulls the flavours into a long-lasting finish. It really deserves some time in bottle to unfold yet, even today, it's a beauty--and perhaps the most poised and focused Bannockburn Estate Pinot we have tasted at this stage of development."
"Bannockburn has never really been out of form but I get the feeling that winemaker Matt Holmes and team have the ship about where they want it to be, now.
This is a beauty. Fragrant and attractive from the outset but then expansive on the palate as well. Earth, twigs, root vegetables and cherries with woodsy spice notes rippling throughout. Tension and flow, texture and tannin. There’s a smoky meatiness to the aftertaste, mixed in with decaying red roses, and it’s most attractive way for the wine to sail out. Drink it now, drink it later; it will deliver."
94+ Points - Gary Walsh - The Wine Front