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Bannockburn Grigsby Chardonnay 2021

$80.00
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Bannockburn Grigsby Chardonnay 2021
Bannockburn Grigsby Chardonnay 2021
Producer Bannockburn
Region, Country Geelong, Australia
Bottle Size 750ml
Case Size 6
Product Code 21024-750

This is the first single vineyard release from Bannockburn’s close-planted, certified organic Chardonnay block. It’s Bernard clone 76, planted to 1.2m rows with 1.0m vine spacing, on a north-south row exposition. The soils are comprised of dark cracking clay over weathered basalt and limestone. 

For the 2021, a small yield of excellent quality fruit was picked, whole-bunch pressed and settled overnight before being racked to two second-year French oak hogsheads for wild fermentation. One barrel went through malo and the wine spent 11 months on lees with minimal stirring. 

A brief note on the clone: Grigsby and Holmes introduced the Bernard clone to Bannockburn to further expand the vineyard’s clonal palette which, in the beginning was mostly Penfolds clones. Like the P58 in S.R.H, Bernard is a Dijon clone and, although Holmes does not like to strongly compare the two due to the different terroir, he does notice a certain chalk tension in the Grigsby Chardonnay compared to the more voluminous fruit of the SRH. 


Bannockburn Grigsby Chardonnay 2021
Bannockburn Grigsby Chardonnay 2021

Reviews

“Bright mid-yellow colur with a high-toned bouquet that suggests crème brûlée, lemon custard with a subtle toffee overlay. Candied lemon peel and grapefruit flavours. The wine is medium-bodied and well balanced, pleasantly shaped and with a clean, dry finish that lingers well. Refreshing at the finish. There's a certain wildness to this: it's full of flavour and character.”
94 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review
“Whole-bunch pressed, wild fermentation in seasoned French hogsheads, 11 months on lees. Named in honour of veteran viticulturist Lucas Grigsby, this is the first release from Bannockburn's close-planted chardonnay block. Well-composed and compact, Grisgby combines a creamy textural mouthfeel with a world of intense citrus, nectarine and almond skin with a clean cut of tart quince to finish. Works the tastebuds in all directions before closing in tight and long.”
95 points, Jeni Port, Wine Companion
"Apricots, lemons, brioche and frangipane tart here. Medium-bodied, creamy and fresh, with a focused and more mineral finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. Screw cap."
92 points, jamessuckling.com

Reviews

“Bright mid-yellow colur with a high-toned bouquet that suggests crème brûlée, lemon custard with a subtle toffee overlay. Candied lemon peel and grapefruit flavours. The wine is medium-bodied and well balanced, pleasantly shaped and with a clean, dry finish that lingers well. Refreshing at the finish. There's a certain wildness to this: it's full of flavour and character.”
94 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review
“Whole-bunch pressed, wild fermentation in seasoned French hogsheads, 11 months on lees. Named in honour of veteran viticulturist Lucas Grigsby, this is the first release from Bannockburn's close-planted chardonnay block. Well-composed and compact, Grisgby combines a creamy textural mouthfeel with a world of intense citrus, nectarine and almond skin with a clean cut of tart quince to finish. Works the tastebuds in all directions before closing in tight and long.”
95 points, Jeni Port, Wine Companion
"Apricots, lemons, brioche and frangipane tart here. Medium-bodied, creamy and fresh, with a focused and more mineral finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. Screw cap."
92 points, jamessuckling.com

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