An elegant, refined and delicate Chardonnay that is also surprisingly voluptuous. The nose shows classic Yarra characters of fresh melon and intense citrus favours, underpinned with notes of blossom and almond. A crisp acidity and mineral structure ensure a refreshing, clean finish.
Giant Steps, Yarra Valley Chardonnay
Giant Steps is a privately owned, estate based, Yarra Valley grower and winemaker that has forged a reputation for delivering some of Australia’s most consistent, over-performing, single-vineyard varietal wines. The Yarra Valley range of wines is made from hand-picked fruit from the estate vineyards. Head winemaker Steve Flamsteed and his team are making some of the best wines in Australia from these sites. Their aim is to express in each wine the character of the Yarra Valley, grape and vintage, and this they achieve by meticulous work in the vineyards and minimum intervention in the winery.
Producing a range of Giant Steps wines using fruit blended from across the estate vineyards has been a topic of discussion for many years. These wines were born from a desire to produce a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of Giant Steps quality, which are expressive of the regional characteristics of the Yarra Valley rather than a single site. Fruit for this wine is sourced from the Sexton, Tarraford, Applejack and Wombat Creek vineyards.
The 2019 vintage began with a challenging spring, with fluctuating temperatures and abundant rainfall that drove a very successful flowering in the Gruyere and Tarrawarra sub-regions, but a much lower crop set in the Upper Yarra. Summer was mild and dry, which resulted in rich, dark green canopies. Despite a few small heat spikes in January, there were lots of perfectly ripe bunches at harvest that expressed a fresh acidity. The 2019 Chardonnays have a beautiful depth and intensity, which rival the brilliant wines of 2015.
Wines from the Yarra Valley range are produced using indigenous yeasts, gravity-flow winemaking and minimal fining and filtration. All the fruit is 100% hand-picked and fermented in 500-litre French oak puncheons, of which 10% are new and 90% older oak. No malolactic fermentation or lees stirring took place. The wine was then aged for eight months in 10% new and 90% used French oak.
£24.99 Inc. VAT 75cl
Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia