Bannockburn Chardonnay 2003
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, 2003
- Whole bunch pressed, settled overnight and then wild fermented in 225 litre French oak barrels (predominantly Damy, 33% new).
- 12 months on lees, full malolactic fermentation and occasional stirring before bottling in February, 2004.
- 13.0% alc/vol.
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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