2019 Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Chardonnay

Searing Chardonnay from Steve Flamsteed's most recognisable single vineyard.

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The Applejack vineyard has long supplied the fruit for the most sought-after of the Giants Steps Pinot Noirs, now the same may be true for Flamsteed's Chardonnays.

The first release of the wine came from a hunch that there might be something special about the fruit from this block in 2017, it would seem that Flamsteed's hunch was right.

The 2019 looks every bit as good - a perfect balance struck between fruit weight and flavour with bell- clear acidity. Stocks are limited and this won't be around for long. Dive in while you can.

 

Applejack Vineyard was planted in 1997 by highly respected viticulturist Ray Guerin Today it is meticulously managed by his son Mark. Applejack Vineyard is situated in the Upper Yarra Valley, to the south-east of the traditional valley floor. The higher altitudes result in cooler growing conditions - ideal for Pinot Noir. Applejack Vineyard is located on a dramatic, north-east-facing slope with close-planted vines. This vineyard was purchased by Phil Sexton in 2013.

Location: Gladysdale
Elevation: 300 metres
Aspect: East facing
Size: 29 acres
Planted: 1997
Soil type: Grey / brown clay loam

93 Points - "Shy chardonnay with green apple, green mango, nectarine, grapefruit juice and white almond. That's the story. Juicy in the palate with a nice little chalky pucker to it. Feels quite translucent in texture, a bit diffuse, but that grip and chew to finish counters that quite nicely. Perfume is sedate but pretty with all that character there when you seek it out. Fresh feeling, nice shot of minerals through the core, finishes pleasing albeit a little steely and resinous, and cool. Easy as. Good stuff." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Giant Steps

Giant Steps is a premium Yarra Valley outfit founded by Phil Sexton and located in the township of Healesville. Beginning with the vision of original head winemaker Steve Flamsteed, Giant Steps developed an international reputation for producing some of Australia's finest examples of single vineyard Pinot Noir & Chardonnay.

In 2021 the exceptionally talented Melanie Chester joined the team as the new head of winemaking and viticulture, marking an exciting new chapter in this elite producer's story.

Every aspect of the Giant Steps process is geared towards making truly world-class wines from the vineyard to the final bottled wine. 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.

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