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Let’s Taste – Bannockburn Vineyards Riesling 2017 & Pinot Noir 2016

I was super thrilled to recently sit down for my wine podcast The Vincast with Matt Holmes, winemaker for Bannockburn Vineyards.When I mentioned that I hadn’t tasted any wine from Bannockburn that he’d made, he very generously brought along a few bottles for me to taste. Here are my impressions!

Wines tasted;
Bannockburn Riesling 2017 – RRP $30.00
Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2016 – RRP $60.00

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October 10, 2017 · 3:13 pm

The Vincast Episode 124 – Matt Holmes from Bannockburn Vineyards

Matt Holmes’ winemaking career has come full circle. His first short experience as a chief winemaker was at Bannockburn Vineyards, stepping into a role that was vacated just before vintage, but in effect was a caretaker position until the new winemaker was appointed. Following that he gained experience all over the world, before recently returning to Bannockburn to become the permanent chief winemaker. We spoke on this episode about his amazing journey, and what excited him about the new opportunities that Bannockburn and Melbourne offer.

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The Vincast Episode 080 – Alex Byrne from Byrne Wines & Noisy Ritual

Originally born in Ballarat, Alex discovered an interest in wine helping a childhood friend in his family winery for harvest one year. He then worked vintages in numerous regions and countries, before returning to Australia and commencing employment at Lethbridge Wines in Geelong. Here he started playing around with his own wines, quickly getting some attention for himself with the Byrne Wines brand. More recently he launched Noisy Ritual with some friends. Noisy Ritual is an urban winery that allows people to become members and work together to make wine that they can then enjoy with their friends and family.

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The Vincast Episode 045 – Randall Pollard from Heart & Soil

Randall Pollard is a name in Victoria synonymous with independent fine-wine sales, having worked in the industry for almost 20 years before opening his own wine store in Geelong (Randall’s), and then importing a range of outstanding artisan wines from France and Europe (Heart & Soil). His love of wine stems from sneaking glasses of wine from the cask at the age of 15, enjoying it with cheese and bread. He shared more stories from his career on this episode of The Vincast.

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Randall Pollard from Heart & Soil Wines

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By Farr – 22/06/2013

By Farr Viognier 2010
Concentrated yet subtle, spicy almond pit, dried chive lime quince. Surprisingly light, clean complex long, slight salty texture, brisk. Young.

Farr Rising Chardonnay 2012
Hints of elderflower, citrus blossom, tight stone fruit. Vibrant fresh slight mineral texture, orange rind and small white peach.

By Farr Chardonnay 2011
Beautiful classic grapefruit pith lees old oak complexity, a little smoky creamy. Quite dense and intense concentration, a slight savoury texture late on the palate, layered and rich yet fresh. Lots of life yet.

Farr Rising Pinot Noir 2011
Really bright intense fresh cherries with a little spice for kicks. On the stalky side adding some spicy texture, fresh light body but intense flavour.

By Farr Farrside Pinot Noir 2011
Lighter more closed palate, more subtle fruit characters, more integrated spice notes. Lovely purity, locked away somewhat.

By Farr Sangreal Pinot Noir 2011
Slightly earthier but nonetheless elegant and fine, subtle beyond belief. More spice density and texture.

By Farr Tout Pres Pinot Noir 2010
Much more concentrated dark earth and fruit, bolder sweeter spice. Fuller tannins forward on the palate but still incredibly lively and fresh, showing red cherry raspberry. Almost nebbiolo like.

By Farr Shiraz 2010
Light colour for the variety. Wonderfully lifted white pepper. Dense fruit structure, fleshy without being heavy, vibrant and friendly.

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Punch – 13/05/2013

Gippsland Chardonnay 2010
Subtle and elegant, citrus pith. Intense lean straight elegant finesse and length. My kind of chardonnay.

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2010
Bright juicy floral pretty red fruit nose. Very intense and a little hot. Too concentrated.

Bannockburn Syrah 2010
Tight but very vibrant lifted aromas, juicy purple fruits but nice green spice and pepper. Bright juicy fresh yet fine and balanced in the palate.

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