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
The timing of budburst was consistent with long term average but with picking commencing on 20th February and completion by 22nd March it turned out to be a short compressed vintage. Rather than being hastened by hot weather the season seemed to be shortened due to there being fewer days of excessive heat.(photosynthesis slows and even halts altogether as temperatures rise and water loss increases.)
Overall, it was a solid year for the Moorabool Valley region, we missed the rainfall that was to our east and the heat that was to the north. Bannockburn experienced good rainfall early in the season then it was consistently dry throughout the harvest period. Fruitset and cropping levels of all varieties were well within the ideal range.
Most seasons we would say that either Pinot Noir or Shiraz is favoured but 2018 looks to be a year when both have fared well!
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