Bannockburn SRH Chardonnay 2014
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 limestone clay, site of an ancient seabed. Picked February 17, 2014.
- Whole bunch pressed to tank, settled overnight and then racked to a 1300l French oak cask for wild fermentation.
- Two and a half years on lees, minimal stirring and no sulphur apart from small addition at bottling July 2016.
- Full malo-lactic fermentation.
Cool and windy conditions at flowering reduced yields to an average of 0.9t per acre, lending innate power to the 2014 wines. Fresh, cool stone fruits are complemented by citrus acids; texture and drive are derived from the extended lees contact. Wine to enjoy now with fine cuisine or will reward cellaring..
"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
"Still bright straw-green, its intensity makes you rear back and regroup for a second taste, the only question whether it is ripe enough, and the answer is yes it is; but it’s all about grapefruit and minerals on the ultra-long palate, finish and aftertaste." 96 points.
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion 2016), February 2015
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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