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 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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