Followers of Bannockburn will know that S.R.H. comes off the oldest, lowest-yielding Chardonnay vines (12 rows @ 45yrs of age) in the Olive Tree Hill vineyard and is named in recognition of Bannockburn’s founder, Stuart Reginald Hooper.
Bannockburn's viticultural principles are based on a healthy respect for the land and responsible farming, e.g. the use of organic composting and straw mulching to eliminate need for herbicide sprays and the cultivation of inter-row cover crops to add soil nutrients. Wines are made on a low-intervention basis.
Followers of Bannockburn will know that S.R.H. comes off the oldest, lowest-yielding Chardonnay vines in the Olive Tree Hill vineyard and is named in recognition of Bannockburn’s founder, Stuart Reginald Hooper. These twelve rows of 45-year-old 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 richness of flavour and texture for which this benchmark is well known.
“Grown on 12 rows of chardonnay planted at Bannockburn near Geelong in the mid 1970s. It’s a force of nature but it’s a well mannered one. The fruit here has power, character-laden power, though importantly it reserves some for the finish. Rolls of hay, grilled stone fruits, bran, cedarwood and sweet spice. It’s one of those wines where you rattle off descriptors and still don’t feel as though you’ve got it; it puts down its own roots and says here I am. It’s in impressive form here." 94pts - Campbell Mattinson - WineFront
Organic Farming Principles