2019 Bannockburn Pinot Noir
Notes straight from Matt Holmes, winemaker at Bannockburn: ‘Primarily MV6 on own roots, along with 114, 115 and 777, planted in 1976, 1997 and 2007. Budburst was in line with long term averages (September); a dry and moderate season became warmer after Christmas and ripening accelerated to a slightly early harvest: picked 24/2-7/3/2019.’ The extra level of detail in these notes is much appreciated, I have to say.
Love the firmness of this. The impression of confidence. This has a weight to it in a varietal sense, a freshness too, a composure. This is bold with red and black cherry, beet, dry spice and stem, the fruit ripe but not sweet, the spice more earthen than roasted. It’s still evolving on the nose but the palate has all the credentials. Hold this. It’s going to evolve beautifully. Drink 2023 - 2030+
Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front (May 2021)