Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2012
The 2012 Bannockburn Pinot Noir is clearly on of the very greatest vintages for this wine.
It was predominantly sourced from the Olive Tree Hill vineyard and Anne's Block, as well as a small amount of Serré and De La Terre fruit included in the final blend.
All parcels of fruit were 100% whole bunch fermented, wild, in Bannockburn's 4-tonne open fermenters, before being fed into hogsheads, 1/3 new. After 12 months, the wine was racked and then returned to older barriques for a further 8 months maturation before being bottled without fining or filtration.
The product of a brilliant vintage, it is also a Pinot that hints at the new quality levels being achieved at Bannockburn.
Long-term followers and Gloverologists will be all over this wine.
To those who have found Glover's Pinots too savoury in their youth, we suggest the time is ripe for a re-evaluation. For the wines, they are a-changin'.
"Excellent colour; skilled winemaking of high quality fruit from a top vintage was preordained to produce a wine of exemplary quality; plummy fruit aromas and flavours are spun together on the supple and long palate. Easy to drink, but it would be a crime to drink more than a bottle now - save as many as possible for a minimum of 5 years." 96 points, James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au
"It's dry and spicy but mostly it's immensely persistent. The flavours here push on into the next day. Roasted nuts, undergrowth, sap, sweet cherries, fruits of the forest. Savoury is its middle name, and its surname too. Once again it's a polarising wine, riddled with stalk, woodsmoke and mineral, but it's ripe and sophisticated and the length of flavour is something else." 96 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, Nov 2014