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2016 DOUGLAS, Bannockburn. Geelong, Australia

Bin:  605

Alcohol percentage:  13.9%

Area:

Geelong is about 80km west of Melbourne. It’s not a beautiful area but the cooling ocean breezes and the aged limestone soils make it ideal for growing Pinot Noir. The winery is named after the nearby township of Bannockburn.

Grape variety:

68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Pinot Noir and 4% Merlot; matured for 15 months in French oak (20% new barrels).

Producer:

From their UK agent GB vintners:
“The Hoopers were one of the first families to plant vines here post the phylloxera years & one of the few still in operation. If you didn’t know, Geelong was the first region, originally, planted with grapes in Victoria in the 1840’s by the Swiss. The wines have always pivoted to Burgundy in style and in recent years this has been matched by even more work moving towards organic farming & improving viticulture. Their wines are prized possessions on the secondary market due to their ability to age well. I remember first trying a 1999 Shiraz that was clean, bags of aromatics, not overblown, soft and maturing with calming elegance, this was in 2016.”

Old Bridge rating:

This is an apparently bizarre blend of Cabernet, Pinot and Merlot. I have to admit that Pinot Noir in a blend is not something that I am ever excited to try. And yet somehow it works, the Cabernet providing backbone, the Pinot giving aromatics and freshness, the Merlot some flesh and texture. It’s not overly complex, but it is utterly delicious.

£28.00

£26.60 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£25.20 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles

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