2020 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay

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Driven, taut Chardonnay from one of the cooler sites in the Giant Steps' vineyard portfolio.

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This Chardonnay comes from the iconic Tarraford vineyard in the Yarra Valley. Located in a sheltered valley, the Tarraford vineyard has a distinctly cooler microclimate than its neighbouring sites.

It's taut and crunchy, citrus fruit abundant with a delicious savoury oatmeal character on the back end.

Earlier drinking and less dense than its Chardonnay compatriots it is another knockout wine from Steve Flamsteed.

Located in a protected valley, Tarraford Vineyard has a discreet microclimate, that is cooler than neighbouring sites. A diversity of aspect and clone provides multifaceted winemaking opportunities. Although located in a warmer part of the valley, the site produces Chardonnay with high natural acids (and low pH) expressing itself through its characteristically long palate, fine tight structure and a zesty lemon/grapefruit finish.

92 Points - "A soft, delicate, restrained wine with aromas of white flowers and a whiff of almond meal. Cashew-nutty too. A more straightforward style and a trifle short on the finish compared to other vineyards. It's remarkably backward and restrained considering it's the lowest altitude vineyard and earliest harvested. (100m altitude, south-facing)." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

93 Points - "Has some generosity, depth, glide and zest. A plucky, perky chardonnay full of tension in fresh-feeling and getting-ripe stone fruit characters, light mealy notes, licks of talc and faint pumice-like texture. Light on its feet but not without depth, layers of fruit, cinnamon spice, faint yeasty-sourdough savouriness. Feels pretty darn good." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

92 Points - "Quite a different take this vintage, as it should be, with its lavender, white blossom and poached quince characters coming through. Lime oil and stone fruit, creamy leesy flavours to the fore on the fuller-bodied palate, yet everything sits well, with acidity keeping everything in check. Drinking well now." - Jane Faulkner (Halliday Wine Companion)

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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