Little Reddie Single Year Release Bannockburn Shiraz 2017
'These are the last few cases from the initial 2019 release, and it’s looking red hot. It's a delicate style, still driven by fruit and spice. From the renowned Bannockburn Vineyards, specifically the ’Winery Block’, established in 1990 and grown by Lucas Grigsby with Matt Holmes. This wine was from rows of PT23 on own their own roots.
The 2017 vintage was interesting with its overall lighter weight, lower sugar levels, healthy acidity and wonderful complexity of flavour and phenolics. The best wines in 2017 were those not left too long on the vine, and fortunately we picked early. 75% of the fruit was fermented de-stemmed with a small layer of whole-bunch placed on the bottom of the stainless steel fermenter, then pressed after four weeks or so with gentle plunging or occasional pump-overs depending on the feel and smell of the wine. The other 25% was fermented as whole bunches in a small carbonic vessel, untouched for a week and followed by a few days of gentle foot-trod before pressing. Rested in stainless for around one month before going to old, larger size French oak. One of the three barrels received sulphur as it was filled, the others remained without over winter and spring. Racked into tank in late January before being bottled late February 2018.'
- Little Reddie