Bannockburn 1314AD Chardonnay 2015
Named for the year of the Battle of Bannockburn, we make this wine with bistro lunch in our minds, but no less care in the vineyard. Typically made with fruit from our “young” blocks.
- Tasting Notes
Predominantly our Stuart Block, planted in 1997 to Bernard clones 95 and 96. Hand harvested mid-March.
- Whole bunch pressed to tank, settled overnight and racked to a combination of oak puncheons and stainless steel tank.
- The tank portion was fermented slowly to maintain freshness and aromatics, and prevented from completing malolactic fermentation.
- Blended prior to bottling in May 2016.
- 14.0% alc/vol.
Classic Bannockburn aromatics, slightly less defined by power than the precision of the Bernard clones in this case. A full palate lengthened by balanced acids and a hint of oak spice. Freshens in the glass, and versatile with regard to food pairings.
Budburst and harvest returned to long term average timing for the 2016/17 growing season. Picking commenced on March 2, and was completed by April 21.
After excellent winter rain, the season was moderately dry (mostly consisting of heavier rainfall events rather than light rain), and only very occasionally hot.
A fuller canopy of leaves slowed the ripening of all varieties, and retained greater natural acidity. Sugar concentration at harvest and final alcohol levels are low, but flavours are vibrant and typical of both variety and site.
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