Bannockburn 1314AD Chardonnay 2018
Named for the year of the Battle of Bannockburn. We make this wine with bistro lunch in our minds; stylistically fresh, vibrant and made for immediate drinking enjoyment.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
Predominantly from our Stuart block, planted in 1997 to Bernard clones 95 and 96 and from Kelly Lane block planted in 2016 to clone 76. Normal timing for both budburst and harvest, with a very even season of occasional rain and only very occasional hotter days.
- Whole bunch pressed to tank, settled overnight and racked to a combination of oak puncheons and stainless steel tank. Fermented with indigenous yeast.
- The tank portion was fermented slowly to maintain freshness and aromatics, and prevented from completing malolactic fermentation.
- Blended prior to bottling in November 2018.
- 13.5% alc/vol.
Classic Bannockburn aromatics, slightly less defined by power than the precision of the Bernard clones in this case. A full palate lengthened by balanced acids and a hint of oak spice. Freshens in the glass, and versatile with regard to food pairings.
"Straw-yellow. Lots of juicy flavour. A joy to drink. Feels free and unfettered every step of the way. Ginger beer, tinned pears, stonefruit and apples. I haven’t seen the winemaking specs but it has a ‘natural’ feel to it, in the best of ways. You just want to keep coming back for more, the best recommendation. The intriguing side of delicious. " 93 points.
- Campbell Mattinson (winefront.com.au) March 2018
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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