Bannockburn SRH Chardonnay 2016
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
Chardonnay vineyard planted in 1976 to clone P58. The soils are predominantly dark clay over a limestone base, site of an ancient sea bed. Picked 22/02/2016
- Whole bunch pressed to tank, settled overnight. Racked to French oak puncheons (20% new)
- Indigenous yeast primary and secondary fermentation, aged on lees for fourteen months with minimal stirring.
- No sulphur apart from a small addition before bottling in June 2017.
- 14.0% alc/vol.
A warm and dry growing season with an early budburst leading to an early harvest. Fresh, ripe stone fruits are complemented by citrus acids; texture and drive are derived from the extended lees contact. 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
"The warm '16 vintage is front and centre. Full straw and sun-drenched ripeness. Ripe peach, a good lick of spicy/toasty oak, yeast and grilled nuts. Raw power and complexity. For those who want plenty of bang for the bucks."
- David Bicknell (winecompanion.com.au), August, 2019
We had a fourth consecutive year of good winter rainfall: the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. A cool, windy spell during springtime flowering resulted in uneven fruit set and lighter than average bunch weights. Over early summer, along with every other east coast wine region we watched the bush fire situation with increasing trepidation. Our luck in avoiding both physical and smoke damage from the fires doesn't begin to offset our feelings for those who didn't...
The summer remained consistently mild and never really heated up at any stage. Growing Degree Days totalled less than 1300 for the first time in many years (...it is normally 1400 GDD)
We managed to maintain access to our picking crew through the bewildering early days of the Covid-19 pandemic and within 2 weeks all the grapes had been picked, just avoiding a heavy dump of rainfall in early April.
The 2020 wines, though very small in quantity are of pleasing high quality.
Our thoughts are with all our friends in hospitality who have had their lives upended this year. Let's hope 2021 is a year we all remember more fondly!
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