Chardonnay, Geelong

Chardonnay is planted in almost every region in the world and makes a wide variety of wine styles from light-bodied, crisp and unoaked through to full-bodied, complex barrel matured versions. Chardonnay is an adaptable variety and can be grown in cool regions as well as warm areas. It is a productive, early budding and early ripening variety.

Chardonnay first came to Australia in the 1920s but didn’t find popularity until the 1970s. Grown all across the country the cool climate versions (like found in the Yarra Valley and Tasmania) tend to be lighter in body with higher acidity and more subtle flavours. Warm climate versions (found in Margaret River, Hunter Valley and the Adelaide Hills) tend to be more full-bodied with richer, riper fruit and bolder flavours.
The wine regions surrounding the town of Geelong are varied and diverse, from the subregions of the Surf Coast and Otways to the Bellarine Peninsula and Moorabool Valley.

Historically, Geelong was the largest grape-growing region in Victoria (in the 1800s) and in more recent times has undergone somewhat of a renaissance. In the last few decades, winemakers have been rediscovering the rich soils and a climate that is somewhere (some say halfway) between France's Bordeaux and Burgundy regions.

The region is known for boutique, family owned winegrowers producing quality hand crafted wines, more so than any bigger winery operations. Varietally speaking, Geelong is renowned for its superior Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Whilst these 3 are the staple of most winegrowers and makers, the more adventurous have been known to grow and make Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Merlot and even some of the more left-field types like Primitivo, Gamay, Carmenere and Langrein.
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  1. Bannockburn Chardonnay 2020
    Whole bunch pressed, settled overnight and then wild fermented in French oak hogsheads and puncheons (20% new) 10 months on lees, about 60% went through malo-lactic fermentation, no stirring before bottling late January 2020 A core of fresh citrus acids, stone fruits and subtle ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday
  2. Bannockburn Chardonnay 2019
    Whole bunch pressed, settled overnight and then wild fermented in French oak hogsheads and puncheons (20% new) 10 months on lees, about 60% went through malo-lactic fermentation, no stirring before bottling late January 2020 A core of fresh citrus acids, stone fruits and subtle ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday
  3. Bannockburn Chardonnay 2018
    Whole bunch pressed, settled overnight and then wild fermented in French oak hogsheads and puncheons (20%new). 12 months on lees, partial malo-lactic fermentation, no stirring before bottling in January 2019. A core of fresh citrus acids, stone fruits and subtle winemaking inputs ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  4. By Farr ‘Three Oaks’ Chardonnay 2016
    By Farr wines are produced from only estate grown fruit. Each of the wines are from single vineyards. Showing a fleshy, minerally nose with fruit and integrated French oak but almost dominated by the soil characteristics and vintage freshness. The ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  5. Bannockburn Museum Release Chardonnay 2004
    Whole bunch pressed, wild fermented in 225 litre French oak barrels (predominantly Damy, 33% new). 12 months élevage, regular stirring of lees. Full malolactic fermentation. Bottled in February, 2005. The relatively mild 2004 growing season at Bannockburn has produced elegant wines with classic varietal fruits ... Learn More
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  6. Bannockburn S.R.H. Chardonnay 2016
    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 ... Learn More
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  7. By Farr Chardonnay 2019
    The wine has a great fruit expression that is well integrated with French oak. The soil characteristics have come through in the style of wine we have today. The palate is fine but firm, with great acidity, texture and length. ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  8. Bannockburn S.R.H. Chardonnay 2017
    Stelvin. 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 45-year-old ... Learn More
  9. By Farr 'Gc Cote Vineyard' Chardonnay 2016
    By Farr wines are produced from only estate grown fruit. Each of the wines are from single vineyards. Lifted nose with white peach, floral & herbal notes balanced with butterscotch and light toast. A well balanced, rich and generous palate. Wonderful ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  10. ONLINE TASTING PACK - BANNOCKBURN OF GEELONG TASTING WITH WINEMAKER MATT HOLMES

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack contains a bottle of 3 different wines to be opened during an online tasting held on the 18th of June 2020. During the COVID-19 lockdown, we will be running a ... Learn More

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    James Halliday
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    Tyson Stelzer
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  11. Sure to Please Luxe Gift Pack

    A mix of 3 exceptional wines that will be the perfect gift for even the hardest person to find something for! Showcasing wines from some of the best wine regions in the world, this is sure to make any true ... Learn More

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