• 2023 Bannockburn Vineyards Chardonnay

2023 Bannockburn Vineyards Chardonnay

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Viticulture: Bannockburn Chardonnay is made from a blend of estate fruit grown on our established vineyards; the oldest vines planted in 1976, through to the most recent 2016 planting. This release includes fruit grown across Olive Tree Hill (1976), Winery Block (1981), Stuart Block (1997), Grigsby (2007) & Kelly Lane (2016) vineyards. The clonal mix includes P58, Bernard 76, 95 & 96, with various vine spacings and planting densities.

Winemaking: Handpicked parcels of fruit were whole bunch pressed, settled over night, and racked to barrels for a wild yeast fermentation in a combination of French hogsheads and puncheons; approximately 20% was new oak. Malolactic fermentation occurred on 70% of the blend, with the remainder blocked. The wine was left on lees unstirred for 10 months prior to blending and bottling.

Tasting Note: The 2023 Chardonnay offers a vibrant aroma of stone fruit, citrus, wet stone and flint characters along with yeast and fresh pastry. Spicy and smoky wood characters are present but integrated into the wine. The flavours are fresh and bright, and the profile shows tautness and depth as a young wine, with great potential. Mouthwatering acidity, tension, and presence define the palate.

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