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
"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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