Bannockburn SRH Geelong Chardonnay 2010 ~ Victoria, Australia
"Symphonic!.....it works superbly. The nose is all smoky, full of nougat and grilled nuts, with some honey too. Then peaches and hints of lemon butter. This is very complex and deeply integrated. The palate texture, well you can imagine - it's symphonic to say the least, drawing deep, flowing smooth and soft. The depth and length here is staggering and the poise it demonstrates through the finish, the balance too, proves winemaker Michael Glover's theory around the way chardonnay innately wants to be made." James Suckling - 96 points
"From 12 rows of chardonnay on the '76 plantings; it spent almost three years in barrique/puncheon/stainless steel tank maturation, bottled Jan '13. It is, of course, very complex, with grapefruit and stone fruit wrapped up in a fine web of oak, but has retained remarkable freshness and length." James Halliday - 96 Points
Named in recognition of Bannockburn founder, Stuart Hooper, the S.R.H is produced from fruit off 12 rows of Bannockburn's oldest Chardonnay vines. This special plot produces exceptional fruit with the best expression of the trademark Bannockburn "oyster shell" character derived from the ancient marine sediments that make up the bedrock of the area. 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.
Geelong is a wine region in the Port Phillip zone of Victoria, located 50 miles (75km) south-west of Melbourne. Wine growing began here in the 1850s, when the Victorian gold rush attracted Swiss-Italians from the Ticino province of Switzerland, who planted the first vines. Geelong is strongly influenced by its proximity to Port Phillip Bay and the Bass Strait, which deliver cool winds throughout the year – giving it a cool maritime climate.