2021 Bannockburn Grigsby Chardonnay

Poise and focus galore in this exquisite organic Chardonnay from Geelong's iconic Bannockburn estate.

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Bannockburn is a little slice of Burgundy in coastal Victoria, producing world-class Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs alongside a few other varietals. This 'Grigsby' Chardonnay (named after Lucas Grigsby who has been managing the estate vineyards for more than three decades) is the domaine's first organic, estate-grown release.

There is concentration and elegance together here: some power and plushness, plus a fine finish and tight acidity. Hand-picked grapes, fermented in oak before maturing in wood as well (all old oak).

One for keeping, but tasty at the moment as well.

All Bannockburn wines are made from fruit grown on our long-established estate in the Geelong wine region. The meticulously tended vineyards and the hands-off approach by winemaker Matt Holmes result in wines that are exciting, complex and uniquely Bannockburn.

94 Points - "It’s named after Lucas Grigsby, who has been the vineyard manager at Bannockburn for over 30 years. It was both fermented and matured in oak, but none of that oak was new.

Glowing straw colour. Full of flavour. Grilled peaches, juicy pears and some green pineapple too. This is a wine of both concentration and poise; it bursts up front and through the middle but then tightens considerably through the finish. Indeed there’s a fair amount of grip here. Woodsmoke notes rise through the aroma and appear again through the aftertaste. It’s complex. It’s a bit wild at heart. It’s not 100% cohesive at present, but it will become so." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

94 Points - "Bright mid-yellow colur with a high-toned bouquet that suggests crème brûlée, lemon custard with a subtle toffee overlay. Candied lemon peel and grapefruit flavours. The wine is medium-bodied and well balanced, pleasantly shaped and with a clean, dry finish that lingers well. Refreshing at the finish. There's a certain wildness to this: it's full of flavour and character." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

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For decades, the Bannockburn vineyard has been producing Burgundian-inspired wines which truly reflect a unique patch of Australian terroir.

Originally planted by founder Stuart Hooper and the great Gary Farr in the early 1970s, the wines that come from this special vineyard in Geelong show a rare sense of place. The ancient riverbed soils that sit below the vines impart a distinct saline character for the whites and an awesome power in the reds which makes the wines from this place immediately identifiable.

Matt Holmes is the current winemaker, having taken over from Michael Glover after years as assistant winemaker. His wines have been receiving great critical acclaim during his tenure and this great Australian vineyard's legacy seems very safe in his capable hands.

Winemaker Matt Holmes - Geelong, VIC Bannockburn

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