Bannockburn Chardonnay 2018

Bannockburn Chardonnay 2018

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)

  • Viticulture
  • Winemaking
  • Tasting Notes
  • Reviews

Olive Tree Hill vines planted in 1976 and Winery Block vines planted in 1981, clone likely to be P58. A solid year for Moorabool Valley, good rainfall early in season then consistently dry through harvest period. Moderately warm.

    • Whole bunch pressed, settled overnight and then wild fermented in French oak hogsheads and puncheons (20%new)
    •  About 75% went through malo-lactic fermentation. Bottled late-Jan 2019
    • 13.5% alc/vol.

      Budburst and harvest returned to long-term average timing, framing a moderately warm season. A core of fresh citrus acids, stone fruits and subtle winemaking inputs make for a wine well suited to a range of food matches.  

       

       2016

      "Glowing yellow in colour. Full bodied, flashy and fleshy with all the razzle dazzle you might hope for and even expect. This is chardonnay in full bloom. Marzipan, honeysuckle, peach, citrus and slashes of spicy oak. Buttered toast; just a fraction. It’s rich, harmonious and persistent. There’s a milkiness about the edges. It’s a joyous, unashamed expression of its variety, its place, its style. " 94 points.

      - Campbell Mattinson (winefront.com.au) December 2017

      2017

      “ This is a good experience. It's loaded with flavour, shapely and long, fresh while being powerful. It feels pent up, almost muscular, shows stone fruit, nougat, almond paste and saline acidity - the palate is a sensational roll of dense interesting and delicious flavours. Perfume is a bit shutdown, but that won't hold you back. Wonderful release." 95 points

      – Mike Bennie (Winefront.com.au), Feb 2019


       

      2019 Vintage

      We had reasonable rain across winter and so the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. Fruit-set and cropping levels (especially in Pinot Noir, which had an average bunch weight of 65g) were reduced by some poor weather experienced during flowering. The season warmed up at Christmas and continued through Jan/Feb which resulted in our commencement and completion dates being very similar days to vintage 2018 ( ...with one excessively hot weekend forcing us to pause for a few days). So another short, compressed harvest period at Bannockburn. 

      Despite the lack of rainfall during early 2019, the vines managed to hold on to a good amount of leaf canopy and so built up root mass and energy stores post-harvest.

      At this early stage I am very pleased with quality in almost every regard, with some subtle changes to winemaking producing promising results. 

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