Bannockburn Vineyards Chardonnay Bannockburn 1314 A.D. Chardonnay 2021

2021 Bannockburn Vineyards 1314 A.D. Chardonnay - Bannockburn, Victoria

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After a three-year hiatus, 2021 marks a welcome return of the 1314 A.D. Chardonnay to the fold. The fruit was sourced from across Bannockburn’s estate (including from some 1976-planted vines), then whole-bunch pressed and settled overnight. There’s a bump in malo for this release (70%) from previous years, something Matt was very happy to let vintage and conditions dictate. The 2021 saw 20% new oak, which is faultlessly integrated.

For a wine that isn’t made each year, Holmes seems very much at home with its expression. It opens with enveloping aromatic fireworks—yellow stone fruits, struck match, white flowers and grapefruit. The palate is compact and balanced, loaded with dense citrus notes, deftly integrated oak and a refreshing grapefruit twist that rounds out the finish. A very well-priced thoroughbred.

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