Giant Steps Chardonnay Sexton Vineyard 2020

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About This Wine

Vinification: 100% hand picked – a spectacular year with every block and clone contributing to the final blend. Whole bunch pressed, juice transferred to barrel by gravity with no settling. Indigenous yeast fermentation in 500L French puncheons. No batonage. No malolactic fermentation. Maturation for 10 months in new and used French oak – 20% new, 80% older, Taransaud and D&J.

Appellation: Yarra Valley Clones: Gingin, Mendoza, 277, 96, 76, 78 Harvested: 26th February, 2020 Bottled: 7th December, 2020 Alcohol: 13.0% TA: 7.0 | pH: 3.06 

93 Points – Huon Hooke, The Real Review, June 2021

Type White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Country Australia
Region Yarra Valley
Brand Giant Steps
Vintage 2020

Yarra Valley Wine

The Yarra Valley wine region is the most important area of wine production in Victoria today, and with its proximity to Melbourne, also the most visited in the state.

Yarra Valley is split into the Upper Yarra and the valley floor. The Upper Yarra is cooler in climate due to its elevation and coupled with younger, fertile, red soils produces most of the region’s notable varietals: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The valley floor is warmer and has predominantly grey soils with pockets of granite and limestone.

Pinot noir has long been considered a notoriously difficult variety to grow. However, the cool climate and longer growing seasons of the Yarra Valley allow the fruit to develop full flavoured and ripe character.

Chardonnay in the past has long been associated with a deep oily, buttery style that experiences full malolactic fermentation and great amounts of oak. This style has since fallen out of favour and wine makers in the Yarra Valley have capitalized on this trend to produce leaner, acid driven Chardonnays that are closer in style to those from Burgundy.

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