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2021 Chardonnay Bannockburn

Decanter Anne Krebiehl MW January 2023 93 Points

Made from Cornish Point and Elms fruit. A distant touch of toasted hazelnut is gentle on the nose. Lemon and notes of polenta appear later. The palate seems lithe despite its alcoholic heft of 14%, there seems to be a wonderful translucency that speaks of brilliant sunshine and brisk coolness. Texturally this reveals a light touch and masterful use of oak that allows lemon above all to shine through. Just 5% of oak was new – how beautiful.

The Real Review Bob Campbell MW August 2021 97/100 An initial impression of white flowers and white peach soon reveals a saline/oyster shell note with toasted nut and subtle spicy oak. The wine is supported by juicy acidity which drives a lingering finish. Nicely layered chardonnay with purity and heft.

The Wine Front Gary Walsh August 2022 94 Points Tasted in a vertical including 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013. Aside this current release, I really liked the 2015 (in the zone), and the 2013 was soft but charming. Winemaking consistent over vintages – 10% new oak, 11 months gross lees, full malo, late sulphuring.

Juicy stone fruit, almost into tropical, a little stuck match and cinnamon spice. Some almond gloss with chalky texture, a little sour yoghourt thing happening. An intense wine, with lots of acidity in the mix, and a long bright finish. Ripe lime too. Very nice. Opulent but tight.