Established by Stuart Hooper in 1974, Bannockburn Vineyards has been one of the trailblazers of Australian fine wine, producing vineyard specific wines of the highest quality from the start.
Matt Holmes commenced making the wines at Bannockburn Vineyards in 2015. He sees his role as a servant to the vineyard, growing season and fruit to produce wines representative of our style and site. Above all, gentle inputs and minimal additions are his goal. In his words, “Well-nourished vines grown in a suitable spot, picked on the right day, transcribed as wine.”
Previously, Matt had been making wine in the Okanagan wine region of British Columbia, Canada. During these 10 years he also gained a broad range of experience working additional vintages in the U.S., France, Italy, New Zealand as well as Australia.
The Bannockburn range includes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and a dry red blend that they call “Bruce” (at least for this vintage). In addition Bannockburn make four celebrated single-vineyard wines: S.R.H. - from the oldest Chardonnay vines in the Olive Tree Hill Vineyard. Named in recognition of Bannockburn founder, Stuart Reginald Hooper. Serré - Pinot Noir from the Serré Vineyard. This site is close-planted, trellised low and has narrow rows - replicating the tough vineyard conditions of Grand Cru Burgundy. Typical yields here are around 500g/vine. Range – Range is the original vineyard site planted in 1974. The vines here are dry-grown with a natural cropping level of 1.0kg/vine. Stuart - Drawing off small batches of the best fruit from our oldest Pinot vineyard, planted in 1978, to produce a stylistically different expression of Pinot Noir.