Clyde park Vineyard Bannockburn Chardonnay, Geelong
"Three clones planted on river flats, hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed to French puncheons and some hogsheads (33% new), wild-fermented, 33% mlf, 9 months on lees. Elegant, fresh and long, the mlf a positive influence. Bright straw-green; tangy pink and white grapefruit and nectarine. Vital freshness ex the '17 vintage shines through. Drink to 2030."
95 points, James Halliday, March 2018.
"100% estate-grown chardonnay.
Rich stonefruit flavour, bacon-like oak, spice notes and a clear impression of power. This is chardonnay strutting its stuff. There’s so much volume to the mid-palate that it almost makes the finish seem anti-climactic, despite that fact that it’s a wine with satisfying length. It’s very good now; it should improve once allowed time to stretch its legs some."
92+ points, Campbell Mattinson, September 2018.
Victoria’s first commercial wine was produced in Geelong by Swiss immigrants in 1845. During the mid- 1800’s Geelong was the largest grape-growing region in Victoria with 400 hectares under vine. When phylloxera struck in the 1870s however, the vines were decimated and it was not until the late 1960’s that the area’s vineyards were re-established. Located about 80 km southwest of Melbourne, Geelong has a cool maritime climate with low rainfall and prevalent cool blustery winds that affect flowering and Franceuit set. Soils are diverse, mostly volcanic over limestone with some lesser quality black soils. The region is dotted primarily with family owned wineries producing small quantities of high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon.