Giant Steps ‘Applejack Vineyard’ Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018
Intense, pure fruited, perfectly balanced oak. This is one of the New World’s finest Chardonnays.
This is youthfully restrained, very fresh and subtle, bursting with nectarine, creamy lees and toasted-nut aromas and flavours. It’s very refined, intense and long; the notable Applejack Vineyard adding to the purity of the grapefruit, Granny Smith apple and stone fruit flavours.
Producer: Giant Steps
Region/Country: Yarra Valley, Australia
Production Method: Sustainable viticulture. Wild yeast fermentation in French oak puncheons. Lees stirring but no malolactic fermentation. Matured for 10 months in cask.
Style: Elegant and refined with classic new world citrus and stone fruit character
Pairing Suggestion: Seafood, vegetable dishes, poultry
Profile: Commonly referred to as the winemakers grape oweing to both its versatility and ease of manipulation in the winery. Chardonnay will range widely in character depending on its region of origin as well as winemaking style. One the lighter end of the spectrum, generally from cooler regions, it will display crisp, somewhat tart acidity alongside citrus and orchard fruit character and mineral texture. Moving to warmer climates gradually produces a more ripe stone and tropical fruit character. Winemaking, particuarly the use of oak and batonnage (lees stirring) produces a richer, creamier texture and flavours of toast, butter and vanilla spice.
Classic Regions: Chablis, Cote d'Or, Maconnais, Champagne (France), Yarra Valley, Tasmania, Margaret River (Australia), Canterbury (New Zealand), Walker Bay (South Africa)
Giant Steps have forged a reputation for making some of the Yarra Valley's most consistently exciting wines. Head winemaker Steve Flamsteed and his team’s aim is to express the character of the vineyard, grape and vintage in each wine. They achieve this through meticulous work in the vineyard and minimum intervention in the winery.