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"One of our three close-planted blocks, in this case planted to Shiraz. Volcanic debris throughout this block is the inspiration for the very apt name (translated as “of the rocks”).
The aromas open to a complex of olive, spice and lift from the whole bunch fermentation, with blue fruits and a hint of oak. Fine, chalky tannins suggest decanting or ageing will be rewarded; the savoury notes lend the wine to a range of food pairings."
"Also planted in 2007, this 0.8-hectare vineyard lies on higher ground above the De La Terre slope, so essentially it's a westerly extension of the Serré vineyard. The vines came from cuttings taken from Best's and Tahbilk, and were planted on a mix of rootstock and own roots. The name ‘Of the Rocks' alludes to the plethora of volcanic rocks that litter the soil of this parcel. Again, the planting density of 10,000 vines/ha results in a naturally low yield of just 500 g per vine (or less). To put this in perspective, Bannockburn's old vine Shiraz from the Range vineyard – already a low-yielding site – crops closer to 1.5-2 kg per vine. Between 2-4 kilos per plant is quite typical in Australia. Fermented with 50% whole bunches and pressed off after two weeks on skins and stems, this was raised in 500 litre puncheons (25% new) for 16 months.
As always this is a super complex, layered wine brimming with deep, lifted blackberry and ripe plum fruit with black olive and a roasted meat-like complexity. It’s a mouth-filling and fleshy wine, yet at the same time, quite firm and fresh on the finish with that racy, saline minerality that is so very Bannockburn.."