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The 2015 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay is a blend of the three key Giant Steps owned/managed vineyards, _Applejack, Sexton, and Tarraford._ This is a new release in the range, designed for earlier approachability without comprising quality. In essence, it's a snapshot of the Yarra Valley vintage, which given the quality 2015, is a very good thing. It's sleek and elegant with all the prodigious length that has become synonymous with the Yarra and this variety. This has received 95 points from James Halliday and 92 points from Campbell Mattinson making it the perfect introduction to Yarra Valley Chardonnay for those looking to explore this much-celebrated wine style.
What it Tastes Like
"An intense blend of grapefruit pith/zest juice is coupled with shiny acidity on a palate that is a great example of the Yarra Valley's ace in the hole with chardonnay: extreme length." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
95 points. "An intense blend of grapefruit pith/zest juice is coupled with shiny acidity on a palate that is a great example of the Yarra Valley's ace in the hole with chardonnay: extreme length." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion) 92 points "Part of the new Yarra Valley range out of Giant Steps, as it (slightly) repositions itself post Innocent Bystander. It’ll need a new web address, for starters. This is right in the slot. It’s lean and long, mostly, with grapefruit and citrus rind character drilling through to the flourish of the finish. Fuzzy peach and spiced wood characters are fringe players at most. It’s a highly disciplined chardonnay. It needs a year or two in bottle." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
Made without compromise using 100% hand picked fruit from our meticulously maintained estate vineyards. APPELLATION: Yarra Valley VARIETALS: 100% Chardonnay HARVESTED: Feb - March 2015 BOTTLED: 14 January 2016 VOLUME: 3,100 cases ALC/VOL: 13.5% TA: 7.95 pH: 3.25 CLOSURE: Stelvin CELLARING: Now - six years VINEYARDS: Applejack, Sexton, Tarraford. VINIFICATION / MATURATION: • Minimal intervention in the vineyards. • 100% hand-picked. • Indigenous yeast. • Fermented in 500L French puncheons – 20% new, 80% older. • No malolactic fermentation. • Batonage for the first two months, then topped only. • 11 months in new and used French puncheons. 20% new, 80% older.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Giant Steps is a premium Yarra Valley outfit founded by Phil Sexton located in the in the township of Healesville. Since appointing Steve Flamsteed as his head winemaker and eventual business partner, Sexton and Flamsteed have developed a reputation for producing some of the region’s finest examples of single vineyard wines.
From the vineyard to the final bottled wine, every aspect of the Giant Steps process is geared towards making truly world-class wines. The focus is on what the Yarra does best - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Shiraz/Syrah and Bordeaux-variety blends - and showcasing the unique terroirs of some of the region’s finest vineyards.
For three years running, Wine and Spirit Magazine have named them as one of the Top 100 wineries in the world, and winemaker Steve Flamsteed capped off an amazing run by being named Gourmet Traveller Wine’s 2016 Winemaker of the Year, another jewel in the Giant Steps crown. Their ultra modern cellar door is one of the must-visit experiences for any wine tourist stopping through the Yarra Valley.
The Yarra Valley stands tall as one of the country’s finest cool-climate wine regions. Only a short jaunt from Melbourne, the Yarra has become a tourist hot-spot for its stunning scenery, high quality produce, and of course, as the home to some of the country’s most iconic wine producers. From the extraordinarily elegant Cabernets and Syrahs that populate the ‘Valley floor’, to the precise and complex versions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that hail from the higher climes of the Yarra, this region is diverse and in a state of change. As temperatures rise and phylloxera infiltrates each pocket of the Yarra Valley, the range of alternative varieties from continental Europe is sure to increase to create a more colourful picture of the region. The Yarra embodies so much of what is great about the modern Australian wine scene.
Australian Chardonnay is a seductive variety that comes in all shapes and sizes. From the toasty and voluptuous to the lean, flinty and minerally, there is a Chardonnay out there to suit everyone. Australia’s developing prowess with this variety has been marked by the international community with wine writers such as Jancis Robinson marvelling at the outstanding value to be had right across the country. The prestige brands of Margaret River offer wines of deep flavour and power, often crafting fuller-figured Chardonnay of outstanding quality. The cooler-climate wines from the Yarra Valley, Tasmania and the like are more focused and linear, building complexity around a backbone of pristine acidity. Whatever your preference, there is an Australian Chardonnay to enchant all comers.
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