Bannockburn SRH Chardonnay 2015
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
Planted in 1976 to clone P58. The soils are predominantly dark clay over a limestone base, site of an ancient sea bed.
- Whole bunch pressed to tank, settled overnight and then racked to 1300l French oak cask for fermentation.
- Indigenous yeast primary and secondary fermentation, minimal stirring and aged on lees for eighteen months before bottling.
- 13.0% alc/vol.
The 2015 growing season was moderately warm and dry. Fresh, cool stone fruits are complemented by citrus acids; complexity arrives via lees contact, natural ferment and MLF with the characteristic saline/oyster shell aromatics of the site beginning to emerge. 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
"Bouquet opens with quince and white vinegar scents, green herb and faint mescal, green apple too. The palate has more of the quince and vinegar going on, licks of halva amongst barely ripe peach flavours, a muffled support of woody spice in there. Texture is quite lovely and the wine ripples in its idiosyncratic way to a salty finish. 93 pts."
- Mike Bennie (winefront.com.au), February 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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