Single Block Wines
We produce three rare, premium Pinot Noirs from small, unique blocks, each very different and demonstrative of the special qualities of the terroir from which they emanate. Crafted in very small quantities, they are worthy of aging, providing memorable drinking for a decade or more.
Named after Slapjack Creek, a water source that began in the ranges above the vineyard and once ran alongside Slapjack Block, the soils on Slapjack are dense with glacial schist with some clay to quite significant depths. Slapjack Block contains the very first planted vines in Bannockburn, with the soils, vine age and a mix of clones on the block making this Pinot Noir truly unique. With vivacious wild berry flavors, bewitching spice aromas, and a finessed, silky finish, the old vines marry with Slapjack soil to create an opulent, powerful wine.
Planted by Gary Andres, an Oregon Pinot Noir pioneer who wished to create a Pinot Noir to rival the great Burgundies, the block is named after the shingle beach below the block where in the 1860s pounds were gold were panned from the Kawarau River. Shingle Beach is an unique block planted at 8,400 vines per hectare. These densely planted vines reach optimal ripeness at low sugar levels and bear tiny, pristine grapes resulting in the hallmarks of this wine: mouthfeel: fine grained tannins, minerality, earthiness and concentrated dark fruit flavours, all at under 13% alcohol. Vibrant and elegant. 2012 was our inaugrual release of this wine.
Named after the august ratbag on the label, Jackson Barry ranged the area telling yarns and seeking fame and fortune. The hallmarks of Jackson’s Block are perfume, elegance, and balance. The perfume is that of violets and the wild thyme of the estate. The flavors are red berries and the length and balance are made complete by elegant, silky tannins.