Clyde Park Vineyard Bannockburn Sauvignon Blanc, Geelong
This Clyde Park Sauvignon Blanc fruit comes from vineyards planted in Moorabool, Geelong on rich black volcanic soils over limestone. Vineyard management is very hands-on here with little to no irrigation, no pesticides. The vines live is a sheltered corner of a south-facing hill. The grapes are whole bunch pressed, some of the juice is racked clean and some left on solids prior to six months of age before blending.
"50% was racked clean to tank; 50% fermented on light solids in old oak. Body and texture are highlights, as is the brightness of the fruit. Medium intensity but everything here feels convincing. An easy to admire. Drink to 2020"
94 points, Campbell Mattinson for Halliday, December 2017.
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.