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2012 S.R.H.
Named in recognition of Bannockburn founder, Stuart Hooper, the S.R.H is produced from fruit off 12 rows of Bannockburn's oldest Chardonnay vines. This special plot produces exceptional fruit with the best expression of the trademark Bannockburn "oyster shell" character derived from the ancient marine sediments that make up the bedrock of the area. The fruit was wild-fermented in large format French oak and left on lees for almost 3 years, going through full malo-lactic fermentation. This vineyard site always delivers real fruit weight, the lees contact gives texture and interest and the crystalline acidity adds life and longevity.
Reviews
2001: James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion 2008)
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Glowing yellow-green; gloriously complex, yet still tight; melon, nectarine and grapefruit flavours have absorbed the oak; very long finish.

Rating 96. To 2011

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2006: 9th February 2010 Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
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There are so many things I like about this wine. It doesn't have any alcohol heat, always a good start with Australian Chardonnay. It doesn't have any excess oak ditto. It has long tangy length, but it is not lean - it has a noticeable richness through the mid-palate. It tastes of nectarine and steel, lemon and toast. Oak, fruit, acid - all work in tandem, and all build towards the finish. Cork permitting, it's a chardonnay that will live for quite some time.

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2007: August 2011 James Halliday (James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2012)
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Superb green-yellow: an exceptionally intense chardonnay with awesome drive to the white peach, grapefruit and cashew, the finish long and fresh as a spring day. Rating 97 To 2017

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2008: 11th September, 2011 Campbell Mattinson (winefront.com.au)
"Chardonnay of this quality is rarely so accessible. It's delicious. It's complex and long, ever-so intense, and yet it also slips down with majestic ease. Anyone who likes chardonnay will love this wine. It tastes of lemon and grapefruit, wax and nutty oak. It has a creamy, cashewy richness and exceptional lemony, length. Of course it will age but I can't imagine it getting much better. 95 points. Drink 2011-2016"

2008: 21 August, 2012 Huon Hooke (Sydney Morning Herald)
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A very rich full-bodied, soft and generous chardonnay that benefits from bottle age. Buttercup-yellow hue; smoky, toasty barrel and creamy, bready yeast. It's gently rounded in the mouth, nicely matured, opulent and loaded with character. Drink now to 2018.96/100

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2009: January 2014 Mike Bennie (winefront.com.au)
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Savoury aromas, nutty, almost sake-like in a way, and with a whiff of seaspray and fresh cut stone fruit. Almost umami-like flavour and texture to taste, but the wash of glossy, slurpy, light and fresh fruit carries gentle sweetness and layers flavour into the wine. It's deep and almost brooding, but so very drinkable, complex in its own way, superb texture, impressive length too. Fantastic experience wine. Yes yes. 96+points. 2014 - 2034(screwcap)

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2010: July 2013 James Halliday (winecompanion.com)
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From 12 rows of chardonnay on the '76 plantings, it spent almost three years in barriques/puncheons/stainless steel tank maturation, bottled Jan '13. It is, of course, very complex with grapefruit and stone fruit wrapped up in a fine web of oak, but  has retained remarkable freshness and length. 96 points. Drink by 2020

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2011: February 2015 James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion 2016)
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....Still bright straw-green, its intensity makes you rear back and regroup for a second taste, the only question whether it is ripe enough, and the answer is yes it is; but it's all about grapefruit and minerals on the ultra-long palate, finish and aftertaste. 96 pts.

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2012: Nov. 2016 Gary Walsh (winefront.com.au)
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It has fruit power, a core of firm acidity, buttery flavours mixed with orange, slick and glossy, yet flinty too. It has length and impact. 94 pts.

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