Bannockburn Extended Lees Chardonnay 2011
Bannockburn Vineyards has consistently been rated as one of the best Chardonnay producers in Australia. Extended time on lees adds another dimension to this Chardonnay.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
The 2011 growing season was very wet for south-east Australia, but only moderately problematic in a low rainfall region such as Moorabool Valley. This Chardonnay fruit was sourced from our vineyards at Bannockburn planted in 1976 and 1981. The soils are predominantly volcanic scoria over sandy and clay loams with a limestone base. Picked 10-17 March.
- Whole bunch pressed, settled overnight and then wild fermented in 500 litre French oak puncheons. Full malolactic fermentation, minimal stirring and no sulphur.
- The wine spent 4 years in tank on lees before bottling in June 2015.
- A follow-up to the 2008 Extended Lees Contact Chardonnay, the winemaking philosophy is to find complexity to match the liveliness derived from the 2011 vintage and only then bottle it for release. Challenging winemaking to produce a complex, unique and immensely enjoyable wine.
Multi-layered with ripe stone fruit, almond meal, ginger, coriander, salty tang and underlying lees characters...so much going on. A textural, well-rounded palate. Bright acidity on the finish. Will continue to evolve and age well.
"....I can't discount just how many layers this throws up, I could taste this for days and reveal different flavours, and that's what makes it a wine of interest."
Andrew Graham (Australian Wine Review), July 2017
"Complexity on another level and while there's so much flavour - the spiced lemons, buttered toasted brioche, chicken stock, hints of figs and stone fruit, it's also finely tuned with laser precision thanks to the gossamer thread of natural acidity." 97 Points
Jane Faulkner (winecompanion.com.au), August 2017
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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