Cape Banks, Chardonnay 2016

Cape Banks, Chardonnay 2016

$25.00

♥ Vegan Friendly
♥ Low in sulphur
♥ Dry wine

Est. 1883, the Cape Banks Lighthouse is a significant orange monument 30 mins drive from our vineyards in Mount Gambier. Cool growing conditions, rocky mineraly soils, and low-yielding vines have helped create a complex wine – indeed a beacon of a Chardonnay.

2016 is, in our opinion, our best vintage yet. Organically grown grapes are starting to show the beautiful fruit spectrum of cool climate fruit.

50% new French oak Hogshead barrels for 9 months, going through malo-latic (2nd ferment) changing the malo acids into lactic acid, the same as in milk and butter, giving it a creamy mouth feel.

50% select yeast ferment – single ferment only keeping the crisp lime, pink lady apple and mineral notes. This is ‘left on lees’ (the dead yeast after ferment) and is stirred to increase flavours and complexity.

Our 2016 vintage was awarded:

  • Silver Sydney Royal Wine Show KPMG 2017

Download tasting notes PDF – 2016 vintage

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Additional information

Region

Mount Gambier, South Australia

Variety

Chardonnay

Alcohol

12.5% Alc/Vol

Closure

Stelvin cap

Harvest

March 2015

Cellaring

Now until 2018

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
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C.M.

Pretty good. Mid gold colour. Nice fresh nose, citrus here but with a nuttiness. On the palate it has a good line. More grapefruit here but also warmth. Right amount of oak used I think. Rated 4.0. At $25 this is a steal really. Hard to find a quality chard at this price. Rated the 2013 Vintage.

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E.K.

Cape Banks, Chardonnay 2016

M
M.M.
A delightful malolactic fermented Chardonnay.

Rated the 2015 Vintage.

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B.C.
Amazing nose, restrained palate, and great with food

Moderate pale yellow. The nose is a little closed at first, but some aromas of green apple, straw, peach, fresh bread, lemon, toast, butter and hazelnut oak. The palate is light-medium bodied, and leaner than the nose would suggest, with crisp apple and lemon, toasty oak, and still very tight acid despite partial MLF. Amazing nose, restrained palate, and great with food. Rated the 2016 Vintage.

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P.P.
Clean and crisp backyard hangout wine

Clean and crisp backyard hangout wine. Light, somewhere between a typical Chardonnay and a lighter Chablis. Rated the 2015 Vintage.