Bannockburn Chardonnay 2019
This wine has consistently been rated as one of Australia’s best Chardonnays, reflecting the ideal combination of soils, climate and mature vines.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
Olive Tree Hill vines planted in 1976 and Winery Block vines planted in 1981, clone likely to be P58. Budburst was in line with long term averages (September). A dry and moderate season became warmer after Christmas and ripening accelerated to a slightly early harvest 19/02 - 1/03/2019
- Whole bunch pressed, settled overnight and then wild fermented in French oak hogsheads and puncheons (20%new)
- 10 months on lees, about 60% went through malo-lactic fermentation, no stirring before bottling late January 2020
- 13.5% alc/vol.
A core of fresh citrus acids, stone fruits and subtle winemaking inputs make for a wine well suited to a range of food matches.
" True to style with a creamy flavour, but whipped into shape by lime juice and tight acidity. There's a little spice, a sea spray and white flower freshness, white nectarine, firm and flinty texture and a spiced biscuit-y finish of excellent length. Dry and glossy. Tense but generous. It's a wine of contrasts and intensity. An excellent release here." 95points
-Gary Walsh (winefront.com.au) June 2020
“ Beautiful length and shape to the blend of white peach and grapefruit flavours." 96 points.
-James Halliday The Weekend Australian, March 2020
We had a fourth consecutive year of good winter rainfall: the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. A cool, windy spell during springtime flowering resulted in uneven fruit set and lighter than average bunch weights. Over early summer, along with every other east coast wine region we watched the bush fire situation with increasing trepidation. Our luck in avoiding both physical and smoke damage from the fires doesn't begin to offset our feelings for those who didn't...
The summer remained consistently mild and never really heated up at any stage. Growing Degree Days totalled less than 1300 for the first time in many years (...it is normally 1400 GDD)
We managed to maintain access to our picking crew through the bewildering early days of the Covid-19 pandemic and within 2 weeks all the grapes had been picked, just avoiding a heavy dump of rainfall in early April.
The 2020 wines, though very small in quantity are of pleasing high quality.
Our thoughts are with all our friends in hospitality who have had their lives upended this year. Let's hope 2021 is a year we all remember more fondly!
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