Bannockburn Gamay

Bannockburn Gamay

Bannockburn Vineyards

Regular price $45.00 $45.00 Sale

Producer 

Stuart Hooper established Bannockburn Vineyards in the early 70's, he was inspired by the pursuit of quality in the great wines of Burgundy, but wanted to make great Australian Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with a sense of place unique to the Moorabool Valley. Leading him to plant the first close-planted Pinot Noir vineyard in Australia. Although Stuart has since passed, Bannockburn remains in the Hooper family, and his vision to make unique, distinctive and age worthy wines lives on today.

Since 2015, Matt Holmes has been head winemaker, steering the wines from strength to strength. His approach involves minimal additions and interventions in the winery, allowing the fruit's natural flavour to shine. Lucas Grigsby, head viticulturist, has been farming the land for 37 years, tirelessly converting the whole estate to organic farming practices and continually working with the team to ensure the overall health and fertility of the land. 

Tasting Note 

A new variety to the vineyard, it was grafted in 2019, and this is now the second release proving that this variety will have great success in the limestone soils of Bannockburn. The fruit began fermentation with 100% whole bunches and carbonic maceration, as is traditional with the variety. It was then destemmed and pressed to barrels to finish fermentation and left undisturbed before bottling.  

“I love this wine, I think it’s beautiful. I probably shouldn’t talk in first person like that but forgive me. It’s a savoury, spicy, bunchy red wine with polished red berried fruit, a keen juiciness, excellent control and velvety/grapey tannin. It’s fresh, it’s savoury, it’s fruity, and it has herb/spice characters galore. It’s more-ish and then some. It’s tops.” – 94 Points Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front