Bannockburn Chardonnay 2014
This Chardonnay is from our library of select back vintage wines matured in our cellars. Bannockburn Chardonnay has consistently been rated as one of Australia's finest, reflecting the ideal combination of soils, climate and mature vines.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
Olive Tree Hill Vineyard planted in 1976 and Winery Block (1981), clone likely to be P58. Picked in March, 2014
- Whole bunch pressed, wild fermented in French oak barriques and puncheons( 33% new).
- Following fermentation, left on lees for 2 years. Bottled in February, 2016.
- 12.5% alc/vol.
We had a fifth good year of rain across winter: the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. The La Nina rains continued through the first half of the growing season (total 730mm for 2020) making for very healthy vines/dense canopies. The rain eased early in the new year and it warmed up slightly but heat accumulation only totalled 1340 Growing Degree Days. The organic blocks performed so strongly that we will extend organic accreditation to the remainder of the vineyard in the next few years.
We started the harvest early-March with picking Chardonnay , due to the small Pinot Noir crop we only picked roughly every second or third day through to the final pick of Shiraz which was just after Easter : a slow moving harvest.
The fruit was in very good condition, and all the ferments went smoothly. Malic acid levels are very high, the wines will need to wait until Spring to go through malolactic fermentation.
At this early stage the wines show promise: a nice balance of stone fruits and citrus in the Chardonnay, structure and transparency to season and site in the Pinot Noir and Shiraz.
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