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Such is the way with special sites that the best winemakers find a way to make their mark by enhancing rather than detracting from the uniqueness of the vineyard. This is the pinnacle of Bannockburn Chardonnay. The S.R.H. (so named in honour of late founder Stuart Reginald Hooper) is made exclusively from the twelve oldest rows of Chardonnay on the estate. It is a wine of immense intensity, the most elite of the Bannockburn white wines. The 2012 was a product the Michael Glover era, to put it simply, this is one of Australia's most individual Chardonnays. A single barrel. Full malo. Three years on lees. And yet, the vitality and freshness abound. To drink this wine is to drink the Bannockburn vineyard, it's an experience not to be missed.
What it Tastes Like
"Smells like rock pools, grilled nuts, spice, stone fruits, butter menthols, and all manner of things, but at its core, it’s essentially a savoury style of wine. It has fruit power, a core of firm acidity, buttery flavours mixed with orange, slick and glossy, yet flinty too. It has length and impact. It may split the room, but there’s no denying it’s a wine of personality and wild character." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
94 points. "Smells like rock pools, grilled nuts, spice, stone fruits, butter menthols, and all manner of things, but at its core, it’s essentially a savoury style of wine. It has fruit power, a core of firm acidity, buttery flavours mixed with orange, slick and glossy, yet flinty too. It has length and impact. It may split the room, but there’s no denying it’s a wine of personality and wild character." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
Fruit sourced from our oldest Chardonnay vines at Olive Tree Hill Vineyard. Named in recognition of Bannockburn founder, Stuart Reginald Hooper. The wine has spent a total of 3 years on lees in a mixture of barrique, puncheon and stainless steel which contributes greatly to the texture and complexity.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2022
About the Producer
For decades, the Bannockburn vineyard has been producing Burgundian-inspired wines which truly reflect the winery’s unique terroir. With the arrival of new head winemaker, Matt Holmes, the next chapter of Bannockburn’s long history has commenced. New ideas, a fresh take, the start of something new and exciting for this famous patch of earth.
This Victorian region rocks some very serious wines. Pinot Noir from this area, depending on who you talk too, is arguably the best in the country. Phenomenal output for the size of it. The wines from this area are idiosyncratic and have an earthy, sensual quality. Burgundian varieties, Syrah, hell, even Pinot Gris does exceptionally well here. To be honest, it’s very hard to go wrong when buying from Geelong.
Australian Chardonnay is a seductive variety that comes in all shapes and sizes. From the toasty and voluptuous to the lean, flinty and minerally, there is a Chardonnay out there to suit everyone. Australia’s developing prowess with this variety has been marked by the international community with wine writers such as Jancis Robinson marvelling at the outstanding value to be had right across the country. The prestige brands of Margaret River offer wines of deep flavour and power, often crafting fuller-figured Chardonnay of outstanding quality. The cooler-climate wines from the Yarra Valley, Tasmania and the like are more focused and linear, building complexity around a backbone of pristine acidity. Whatever your preference, there is an Australian Chardonnay to enchant all comers.
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