Clyde park Vineyard Bannockburn Chardonnay, Geelong
Sourced across three clones off the riverside alluvials, this flavoursome chardonnay hits all the right notes for those who like a charge of mineral energy and nutty complexity alongside ample fruit. Melon, white peach and ripe apple. The core, creamy cashew and curd, caresses the oak supports while placating the wine's acidity. In all, a lovely wine brimming with poise and generosity.
Slightly resinous nose though ripe apple and candied stone fruit characters push through it. The palate is pure chardonnay, built on stone fruit, with smoky oak drifting through and a good deal of tension. Tension in a landscape of fruit generosity, though. Interesting. Not top notch but still a good, characterful chardonnay.
91 points, The Wine Front (March 2020)
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.