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2018 Little Reddie SYR Bannockburn Chardonnay

$52.00

Place: Bannockburn - Geelong, VIC

Variety: Chardonnay

Farming: Sustainable

Words from the winemaker, Pat:

Winery Block, Bannockburn Vineyards in the Geelong G.I. While the clone of this 1981 planting is not certain, it’s most likely P58. The rootstock is SO4. Soils are mix volcanic top soils (basalt) over limestone.

A very interesting pick for me in that phenolic ripeness was early relative to other factors - not some- thing I have seen elsewhere.

The fruit was destemmed pressed (to allow the ripe phenolics to speak) into stainless where the juice was settled before ferment in one old puncheon, one second pass hogshead and an old barrique for overflow during fermentation.

Fermentations were varied, all long and slow but especially so for the hogshead. Racked to stainless in spring 2019, before going to bottle late winter 2019. Small sulphur additions both at the racking and at bottling.