2017 Bannockburn Douglas

per case (6 x 750ml)

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How's it taste?
Named after Sir James “The Black” Douglas (Scottish knight, feudal lord and one of the chief commanders during the Wars of Scottish Independence), this idiosyncratic blend tells a multi-variety story of Bannockburn’s vineyards each year. In cooler years the Douglas gets some Shiraz added instead of Pinot (which finds its place in the warm years), to raise the fruit profile. From a cracking Victorian vintage, the 2017 Douglas comprises 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Shiraz and 7% Merlot. The varietal batches were wild-fermented separately, then pressed to seasoned and 20% new hogsheads for 15 months élevage. The three parcels were racked and blended before bottling in May 2018. This affordable and immediately approachable blend hits all the right notes. Blackcurrant fruit sits alongside aromas of tomato leaf, mountain herbs and Asian spices. (Just) medium-bodied, it’s delicious and sweetly fruited, with the kind of drink-now balance and suppleness crying out for something from the grill. A Cabernet for Pinot Noir lovers!
How was it made?
The Douglas tells a multi-variety story of our vineyards every year, often composed of grapes from all three properties.
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