Bannockburn Chardonnay 2005
This wine has consistently been rated as one of Australia's finest Chardonnays, reflecting the ideal combination of soils, climate and mature vines.
- Tasting Notes
Olive Tree Hill vines planted in 1976 and Winery Block (1981), clone likely to be P58. Picked in March.
- 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, minimal stirring before bottling in May, 2006.
- 14.0% alc/vol.
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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