Giant Steps `Sexton Vineyard` Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018
Overtly flinty and mineral in style. Lean fruited with great power and nerve. A stunner.
Flinty, wet slate aromas combine with notes of melon and honeysuckle on the nose. Lengthy and elegant at the same time, the palate is full bodied, with preserved lemons complementing subtle melon, and a steely character on the long finish.
Producer: Giant Steps
Region/Country: Yarra Valley, Australia
Production Method: Sustainable viticulture. Fermentation took place with 100% indigenous yeast in 500 litre French puncheons at 18 - 24°C. The lees were stirred twice only between May and June. The wine spent eight months in French puncheons, 20% of which were new. No malolactic fermentation took place.
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.