Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay 2022

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James Halliday – "This is an exceptional, mid-weighted chardonnay... With wines such as these it is little wonder that Australia boasts the finest expressions of chardonnay with Burgundy." 96 Points - Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday)

About This Wine

2022 was a high quality but low yielding season in the Yarra Valley.
A very cool, wet and stormy spring resulted in some challenging conditions
around flowering and hence very poor fruit set. The season proceeded to
dry out into December, with a dry and warm Christmas period.
This exacerbated the already small bunch weights, leading to bunches that
weighed up to 40% lower than normal average.

The mild summer meant long, slow ripening and flavour concentration
throughout summer, with some well-placed rain in January refreshing the
vineyards at just the right time.

The strong canopies and low fruit load meant we sailed neatly into picking
with very little disease or weather pressure affecting our picking decisions.
The grapes from 2022 came off the vine with lovely concentration and
flavour and great natural acidity.

Located on the steep north facing slopes of the Warramate Ranges, the
Sexton Vineyard is our premium Chardonnay Vineyard. Being on the higher
slopes, topsoil is thin and root systems have established themselves in
shallow gravelly loams above a tough rocky clay base. Bunch yields set
naturally low in this environment, resulting in intensely flavoured fruit with
high skin to juice ratio. The predominant clones are GinGin and Mendoza
which produce hens and chickens (large and small grapes on the same
bunch), which results in high white tannin and phenolic content to balance
the citrus flavours.

100% hand picked and whole bunch pressed.
The juice is transferred to barrel by gravity with no settling, taking on full
gross lees.
Wild Fermented in 500L French puncheons.
A small amount of bâtonnage and 20% malolactic fermentation.
Maturation for 10 months in new and used French oak – 20% new,
80% older, Taransaud, Mercurey and Dargaud & Jaeglé.

Location: Gruyere
Planted: 1997
Elevation: 130 - 210 metres
Soil Type: Grey clay loam over granite / ironstone
Aspect: North facing slopes
Size: 30 Hectares

Appellation: Yarra Valley
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Clones: Gingin, Mendoza, 277, 96, 76, 78
Harvested: 25th February to 2nd March, 2022
Bottled: 6th December, 2022
Alc/Vol (%): 13.0 TA (g/L): 6.5 pH: 3.20
Cellaring: Now - eight years

Type White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Country Australia
Region Yarra Valley
Brand Giant Steps
Vintage 2022

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