Bannockburn Srh 2021
"The S.R.H. is sourced from just 12 rows of 45-plus-year-old, low-yielding, clone P58 Chardonnay vines in the Olive Tree Hill vineyard. These vines have roots well embedded in the ancient marine sediments that form the bedrock in this area. They seem to suck the minerality right out of their subsoil and deliver a spine-tingling wash of salinity to support the intense flavour and texture for which this benchmark Chardonnay is well known. The wine is named in recognition of Bannockburn’s founder, Stuart Reginald Hooper. The 2021 was whole-bunch pressed to tank, wild-fermented in Tronçais oak hogsheads (30% new), then left on lees for 10 months with no stirring and 70% malolactic fermentation."
"Medium-depth yellow colour leads into a shyly reserved bouquet which speaks of buttery shortbread, dried citrus peels and butterscotch which is more evident on the palate, where the wine is very intense and even quite powerful, with a long-lasting carry loaded with penetrating lemon/grapefruit flavours. The aftertaste is refreshing and full of energy. A delicious and very impressive chardonnay.” Huon Hooke, The Real Review