Bannockburn Chardonnay 2017
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 (1981), clone likely to be P58. Hand harvested 8/3/2017 - 23/3/2017
- Whole bunch pressed, settled overnight and then wild fermented in French oak hogsheads and puncheons (20%new)
- 12 months on lees, partial malo-lactic fermentation, no stirring before bottling in March 2018
- 13.0% 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.
"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
“Complex style that offers richness, gloss and glide with the crunch of acidity and flint." 95 points
– Gary Walsh (Winefront.com.au), March 2016
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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