Saturday, January 30, 2010

Bannockburn Shiraz

This is one of the most unusual and definitely Australia's anti terroir wine. If you were asked in a multi choice question "does this wine come from Western Australia, Victoria, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Cooawarra or all of the above", how many would have said "all of the above"? They would have been right.

90% of Bannockburn's 98 crop was destroyed by a hailstorm, but many companies agreed to provide grapes to help them out. They are listed on the back of the bottle (sorry about the photo quality, I had no proper camera with me), among them BRL Hardy, Cape Mentelle, Charlie Melton, Dalwhinnie, Henschke, Jasper Hill, Katnook, Mt. Langi, Rockford, Taltarni, Yalumba. What a who's who of wineries!

Is this wine disjointed? Not at all. This 1998 Bannockburn Shiraz is bright, brimming with redcurrant fruit, very fresh. It goes beautifully along the palate, and finishes with very graceful, but firm tannins. The winemaking here is excellent. This was drunk from Magnum, and the wine has many years of life still in it.

Score: 96/++

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