Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"Delicate citrus flowers, jasmine followed by hints of peach. A substantial but taut palate, honeysuckle, creamy stone fruit and citrus, mouth-filling and generous, but always with nervous tension, then tightening to a stony and saline finish. A definitive (maybe “The” definitive) example of our Bannockburn Chardonnay. Detailed, precise, long and very satisfying.
Chardonnay is mostly grown on the Elms vineyard in Blocks 2, 6, 8 & 9; plus approximately 10% coming from Cornish Point vineyard. Various clones of Chardonnay (Mendoza, B95, B548, UCD6) were carefully hand harvested from Cornish Point and The Elms vineyards. The grapes were whole bunch pressed with the juice flowing to barrel by gravity after overnight settling. Fermentation in French oak (mostly well-seasoned barrels with less than 10% new) with indigenous yeasts has produced a wine with considerable complexity. A long and complete indigenous malolactic fermentation with only periodic stirring of the lees (Batonnage), combined with 11 months on full lees; has softened the acid for a rich and complex mouthfeel. In accordance with our non-interventionalist approach to winemaking, this wine was not fined or filtered after spending 13 months total in barrel."
96/100 Cameron Douglas MS, July 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"Sophisticated, pure, complex and detailed bouquet with aromas of red apple, white fleshed stone fruits and wild white flowers followed by scents of new French oak with vanilla and cashew nut with a mild toasty note. On the palate – equally pure, vibrant, youthful and complex. Flavours mirror the nose with stone fruits and citrus, the a minerality now begins to surface with a fine stone texture. Then wood with fine wood tannins and medium+ acidity are yet to fully integrate, but they will in time. Lovely complexity and length with a fine silk texture. Best drinking from mid 2021 through 2025+."