2021 Bannockburn Vineyards Chardonnay - Bannockburn, Victoria
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With more intensity and mineral force than last year's release, the 2021 combines the depth, balance and finesse reminiscent of the finest Bannockburn Chardonnay vintages. The palate is crystalline and deeply cast, shining with peak-of-ripeness orchard fruit, dappled with saline nuance and a pinch of spice from the barrels. The flow is seamless and ripe without being too creamy, with the wine's mouth-filling richness brought into focus by ripe, vibrant acidity and a nip of phenolic grip. Everything is in its place. It already drinks impressively but will benefit from time in the bottle.
If you are a fan of By Farr Chardonnay and aren’t already drinking Bannockburn, you are missing out.
"Grown on a range of vineyards across the Bannockburn holdings, from 1976 plantings through to the most recent (2016). 20% new oak, with 70% of the final wine going through malo.
Bannockburn Chardonnay is never short of flavour and so to this release, though the fresh zing of the finish brings a more modern twist, arguably. Pear, grapefruit, peach, cracked wheat and cedar flavours come strong and convincing, aided by citrus and fennel notes, the latter especially notable on the finish. The flavour of tinned pear here is as strong as it is delicious, it must be noted. This is an excellent release; it’s good for drinking now but it has many years up its sleeve."
94 Points - Gary Walsh - The Wine Front