Winery notes (2015 Vintage)
"The 2015 Hawkshead Bannockburn Pinot Noir has a complex aroma of mixed summer berry goodness, dark cherries and spicy wildflower lift. The palate is warming, sensual and mouth-filling, with elegant flow and density. Fine tannins give the wine a long and persistent finish. The flavours are rich, rounded with a beautiful blend of cherry, Doris plum, wild thyme and French oak."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2015 Vintage)
"The impressive 2015 vintage was matured for 11 months in French oak casks (30 per cent new). Deep ruby, with an invitingly scented bouquet, it is mouthfilling, savoury and supple, with ripe plum, strawberry and spice flavours, hints of coffee and nuts, fine-grained tannins, and excellent depth and complexity. Deliciously rich and smooth, it's a drink now or cellaring proposition."
5 Stars & 95/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, April 2018 (2015 Vintage)
"Stylish, complex and engaging, this seductive pinot is filled with sweet berry flavours with nuances of smoked game, warm spice, dark mushroom and cedar. The palate is wonderfully weighted and richly flavoured, while remaining elegant and graceful, superbly enhanced by seamless mouthfeel and a persistent silky finish. At its best: now to 2023."
4 Stars & 18.0/20 Raymond Chan, March 2018 (2015 Vintage)
"Ruby-red colour with some depth and slight garnet hues on the rim. The nose is softly full, up-front and voluminous with aromas of ripe, dark-red berry fruit and plums, and subtle notes of dark herbs and a little whole bunch stalk-like character. The aromatics form a rounded and deep core, unfolding nutty oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate is full and openly accessible with gently mouthfilling flavours of ripe, dark-red plum and berry fruit, entwined with nuances of spice and dark herbs. The fruit is rich with fresh underlying acidity lending vitality, and fine, supple tannin structure in support. The flavours carry with good energy, the richness leading to a lingering finish. This is a full and accessible, rich fruited Pinot Noir with dark berry and plum flavours along with herbal detail on a supple palate with good vitality. Fruit from a single Bannockburn site, clones 115, 777, 113, 5, 10/5 and 13, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11.5 months in 30% new French oak. Winemaker: Grant Taylor. 200 cases made."