Bannockburn SRH Chardonnay 2013
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
Own rooted vines from 1976, clone unknown. The soils are predominantly an ancient seabed exposed by the erosive forces of the Moorabool River. Picked February 20-21.
- Whole bunch pressed to tank, settled overnight and then racked to a new 1300L Vicard cask for fermentation.
- Indigenous primary and secondary fermentation, minimal stirring but
aged on lees for 30 months before bottling November 23, 2015.
- 13.5% alc/vol.
The 2013 season was slightly warmer than average, but the east-west orientation of this block and the consequent shading of the clusters results in refreshing acids and orchard fruit notes. Complexity arrives via lees contact, natural ferment and malolactic fermentation, but the characteristic saline/oyster shell aromatics of the site are beginning to emerge.
"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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