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Giant Steps, Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay 2019
The Giant Steps, Tarraford Chardonnay Yarra Valley 2018 has a linear mineral edge throughout, with persistent to the finish. We think it is an absolutely lovely, interesting and classy addition to our Australia section. Subtle lemon and a hint of ginger are complemented by roasted hazelnut and a waft of smoky, flinty minerality. Crisp acidity provides this wine with very good freshness. It is the kind of Aussie Chardonnay that dispels utterly the myth that all said Chardonnay is over-ripe, over-oaked and over here. Phil Sexton, winemaker at Giant Steps, crafts wonderfully complex, layered Chardonnays that age beautifully and partner food really well. Jazz fiends will recognize the allusion to John Coltrane in the winery name. This is fine stuff - decant, don't over-chill and serve with a good roast chicken.
The hand-picked and sorted fruit was whole-bunch pressed, after which the juice was transferred to 500-litre French puncheons without settling. Fermentation took place with 100 percent indigenous yeast in oak at 18-24°C. The lees were stirred twice only between May and June. The wine spent eight months in French Burgundy coopers, 20 percent of which were new. The wine didn't go through malolactic conversion.
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, varietal wines. The Giant Steps Single Vineyard range is produced from the most site-expressive fruit from the best vineyards, in great years. Their aim is to express in each wine the character of the site, grape and vintage, and this they achieve by meticulous work in the vineyard and minimum intervention in the winery. Head winemaker Steve Flamsteed and his team are making some of the best wines in Australia from these sites.