Current Vintage: 2020
Vintage may vary during the year. If you are looking for a specific vintage, please get in touch.
The Bannockburn Chardonnay is drawn chiefly from the Estate's Olive Tree Hill Vineyard (planted in 1976) and Winery Block (1981), which are both on volcanic soils over limestone, with an average vine age of around 35 years. Whole-bunch pressed and settled overnight, the juice was then wild-fermented in mainly 500-litre French oak hogsheads (20% new), with 70% undergoing malolactic. The wine spent 10 months on lees with no stirring, and no sulphur was added until bottling.
Combining both power and finesse, you'll find aromas of orchard pear and fig fruit, licked with citrus, ripe white peaches and some roasted cashew complexity. In classic Bannockburn mould, the flow is seamless. It's both mouth-filling and lithe; a release bursting with flavour and an equally engaging measure of savoury restraint.
As one of the three full fledged members of the Victorian Pinot Coast (along with the Mornington Peninsula and Gippsland), Geelong is a host to a diverse range of winemakers, scientists, viticulturists and surveyors that have forged a burgeoning wine country.
Wines from this region abound in richness, as the low rainfalls serve to concentrate the aromas, colours and flavours. There is lots of ocean wind that cuts through the region to keep the vines cool and limit the spread of disease, and the cool climate provides a lengthier ripening period.
Cool climate renditions of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive, and we are personally very fond of the Pinot from this region. That said, Geelong Chardonnay is globally recognised for its quality and it is similarity to examples from Burgundy.