Bannockburn Chardonnay 2004
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, 2004
- Whole bunch pressed, wild fermented in 225 litre French oak barrels (predominantly Damy, 33% new).
- 12 months élevage, regular stirring of lees.Full malolactic fermentation. Bottled in February, 2005.
- 13.5% alc/vol.
We had a fourth consecutive year of good winter rainfall: the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. A cool, windy spell during springtime flowering resulted in uneven fruit set and lighter than average bunch weights. Over early summer, along with every other east coast wine region we watched the bush fire situation with increasing trepidation. Our luck in avoiding both physical and smoke damage from the fires doesn't begin to offset our feelings for those who didn't...
The summer remained consistently mild and never really heated up at any stage. Growing Degree Days totalled less than 1300 for the first time in many years (...it is normally 1400 GDD)
We managed to maintain access to our picking crew through the bewildering early days of the Covid-19 pandemic and within 2 weeks all the grapes had been picked, just avoiding a heavy dump of rainfall in early April.
The 2020 wines, though very small in quantity are of pleasing high quality.
Our thoughts are with all our friends in hospitality who have had their lives upended this year. Let's hope 2021 is a year we all remember more fondly!
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