2014 Bannockburn Chardonnay Museum Release
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One of Australia’s leading chardonnays, Bannockburn’s pedigree and confidence shines through in this wine. Intense flavours, from vines planted in 1976 and 1981 provide depth and nuance while careful winemaking technique adds complexity to the ripe core.
This Chardonnay has been matured in the winery’s cellars. Bannockburn Chardonnay has consistently been rated as one of Australia's finest, reflecting the ideal combination of soils, climate and mature vines.
Olive Tree Hill Vineyard planted in 1976 and Winery Block (1981), Whole bunch pressed, wild fermented in French oak barriques and puncheons( 33% new). Following fermentation, left on lees for 2 years. Bottled in February, 2016.
This Chardonnay was left on lees for an extended period of time enhancing the texture, flavour complexity and natural stability of the wine. A mature Australian Chardonnay well suited to a wide selection of food matches.
The nose suggests all kinds of cool stone fruits, citrus peel, lime leaf and iodine, while the palate is ultra fine and satin smooth with a long creamy, lees-influenced finished. Bright natural acidity gives the wine lightness in the mouth despite its concentration. Straw coloured, as is this wine's custom. It suggests at richness and more or less is, though there are plenty of flinty funk and meal-like characters; it's complex and textural more than it is rich. There's a zing of nectarine, perhaps some lime, a touch of sweet, creamy cedarwood and a pure serve of steely white peach. It feels good, it tastes good, and it lingers quite gorgeously.
94 Points, Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front, Dec 2016