Bannockburn SRH Chardonnay 2016
Named for Bannockburn founder Stuart Reginald Hooper, our SRH Chardonnay uses fruit sourced from our oldest Chardonnay vines at Olive Tree Hill Vineyard.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
Chardonnay vineyard planted in 1976 to clone P58. The soils are predominantly dark clay over a limestone base, site of an ancient sea bed. Picked 22/02/2016
- Whole bunch pressed to tank, settled overnight. Racked to French oak puncheons (20% new)
- Indigenous yeast primary and secondary fermentation, aged on lees for fourteen months with minimal stirring.
- No sulphur apart from a small addition before bottling in June 2017.
- 14.0% alc/vol.
A warm and dry growing season with an early budburst leading to an early harvest. Fresh, ripe stone fruits are complemented by citrus acids; texture and drive are derived from the extended lees contact. Wine to enjoy with fine cuisine, or to cellar.
"Crackerjack. Pour a glass and the sparks fly. Flint, nuts, peach and cedar spice. It rumbles through the mouth, all richness and funk, a quartz-like character rocking the finish. You have to like a bit of struck match, for certain, but the tautness, the power, the attitude; it's mesmerising. Brilliant chardonnay. 95 pts."
- Campbell Mattinson (winefront.com.au), December 2017
"The warm '16 vintage is front and centre. Full straw and sun-drenched ripeness. Ripe peach, a good lick of spicy/toasty oak, yeast and grilled nuts. Raw power and complexity. For those who want plenty of bang for the bucks."
- David Bicknell (winecompanion.com.au), August, 2019
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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