2011 Extended Lees Contact Chardonnay
A follow up to the 2008 Bannockburn "3 years on lees" Chardonnay. The fruit was whole-bunch pressed, settled overnight and then wild fermented in 500L French oak puncheons; full malo-lactic fermentation, minimal stirring and no sulphur.Remained on lees for a total of 4 years in puncheon and tank. The unique winemaking philosophy behind this Chardonnay is to find additional complexity and longevity to match the liveliness of the 2011 vintage within the winery and only then bottle it for release.
2008: November 2012 James Halliday (

Mid-gold, vibrant green hue, the bouquet is surprisingly fresh and vibrant, showing nectarine, citrus blossom, almond meal and spicy oak notes: the palate is very concentrated, showing life and vitality, tangy acidity and a creamy texture that can only have come through such extended maturation on lees. 94 points.


2008: November 2012 Nick Stock (The Age SMH Good Wine Guide 2013)

The nose has terrific composure, very, very fresh and lively, focused lemon and grapefruit citrus with white peach and some melon here too, and lovely, fresh, chalky nougat in the mix. The palate's ripe and flavoursome, with plenty of peach and lemon flavour. The texture is entrancing, really fascinating chalky, fleshy build here, lovely length and terrific balance to boot. 96 points.


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