"True to the Bannockburn style which offers both power and finesse." 95 points, Jeni Port
"This is an excellent release; it’s good for drinking now but it has many years up its sleeve.” 94 points, Campbell Mattinson
"Bannockburn produces outstanding wines across the range, all with individuality, style, great complexity and depth of flavour. The low-yielding estate vineyards play their role.” James Halliday
“These are seriously good wines and stylistically nothing like the Bannockburns of old.” Jane Faulkner, The Age
The quality and style on offer here can be traced back to the estate's Olive Tree Hill Vineyard (planted in 1976) and Winery Block (1981), which are both on volcanic soils over limestone clays with an average vine age of around 35 years.
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.
“Whole-bunch pressed, fermented wild in French hogsheads and puncheons (20% new), 10 months on lees, partial mlf. True to the Bannockburn style which offers both power and finesse. The former is set in structure and solid in body. The latter is all about a world of marvellous fruit and oak flavours: mandarin skin, nectarine, white peach, buttered toast, almond bread, quince paste. It's dense, lifted by a citrusy acidity that is just so cleansing, so right.” 95 points, Jeni Port, Halliday Wine Companion
“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, Campbell Mattinson, WineFront