Bannockburn S.R.H. Chardonnay 2016
1 or more bottles$78.99
Followers of Bannockburn will know that S.R.H. comes off the oldest, lowest-yielding Chardonnay vines in the Olive Tree Hill vineyard and is named in recognition of Bannockburn's founder, Stuart Reginald Hooper. These twelve rows of 40-year-old vines are dry grown with roots well embedded in the ancient marine sediments that form the bedrock in this area. They seem to suck the minerality right out of their subsoil and deliver a spine-tingling wash of salinity to support the intense richness of flavour and texture within this great wine.
The winemaking of the 2016 S.R.H. is a long way from today's Australian Chardonnay norms for a couple of reasons. One: 100% of the wine went through malolactic fermentation. And two: it spent 14 months on lees in French oak puncheons (20% new).
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About the brand Bannockburn Vineyards
Established by Stuart Hopper in 1974, Bannockburn is a family-owned winery in the Bannockburn Township just outside Geelong. With three vineyard sites, some dating back to the early 1980's, Bannockburn's holdings total 27 hectares featuring some of the oldest vines in the region.
A strong Burgundian influence is evidenced by the focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, while also showcasing Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz. In addition to organic, dry-gown viticulture, winemaker Michael Glover relies on a combination of winemaking techniques including whole-bunch ferments, wild yeasts and extended maceration times to contribute to the wine's exquisite concentration and elegance. A harsh environment of poor soils, bitter winds and minimal rainfall make for difficult growing conditions, which results in restricted yields of concentrated aromatics and flavour assisting to produce unique, premium wines year after year.