Current Vintage: 2020
Vintage may vary during the year. If you are looking for a specific vintage, please get in touch.
The popularity of this baby Bannockburn suggests this wine needs little introduction. For those new to the story, the 1314 is an early-drinking version of Pinot from Bannockburn's Ann's Block--a site that also feeds Bannockburn's Pinot Noir proper. The vines here were planted between 2003 and 2004 to 114, 115 and MV6 clones.
The fruit for the 2020 was mostly de-stemmed (80%), then wild-yeast fermented in four tonne open vessels before it was pressed to French oak hogsheads (10% new) for eight months maturation. Holmes may have toned down some of the polarising elements of the old style, but it's still a classically sappy, spicy and fleshy Pinot with the kind of hearty core that is so typical of the Bannockburn terroir. Again, it's a bargain.
As one of the three full fledged members of the Victorian Pinot Coast (along with the Mornington Peninsula and Gippsland), Geelong is a host to a diverse range of winemakers, scientists, viticulturists and surveyors that have forged a burgeoning wine country.
Wines from this region abound in richness, as the low rainfalls serve to concentrate the aromas, colours and flavours. There is lots of ocean wind that cuts through the region to keep the vines cool and limit the spread of disease, and the cool climate provides a lengthier ripening period.
Cool climate renditions of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive, and we are personally very fond of the Pinot from this region. That said, Geelong Chardonnay is globally recognised for its quality and it is similarity to examples from Burgundy.