Giant Steps `Sexton Vineyard` Chardonnay 2008 (6 x 750mL), Yarra Valley.

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Overview

Tight with a long, lean grapefruit acidity balanced by chalky tannins and a mid palate fruit weight.

Region:
VIC - Yarra Valley
State:
Victoria
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

Serious wine with loads of character and excellent potential. Aromas of lemon curd. barrel ferment characters and fragrant oak, Beautifully balanced. creamy palate with great depth of flavour. 5 stars - Winestate Magazine - Yarra Valley & Southern Victoria Tasting (27/09/2010)

Coming from a 13-year-old vineyard of just over 2 acres, the 2008 Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay is barrel fermented in puncheons using 100% indigenous yeasts in 25% new and 30% 1 year oak. It reveals aromas of intense pineapple, grapefruit and lemon peel over the cashew, meal and sulphidic / struck match notes plus a whiff of cedar. The palate is medium-bodied, crisp, rich, silken and minerally in the very long finish. About 1800 cases are produced.

Approachable now, give this wine another year in bottle to really open and evolve and drink over the next 7 to 9 years.Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate(01/072010)

From two acres of 13-year-old vines managed 'under biodynamic principles', this wine is fermented in oak puncheons with no added yeast. There's something in the texture of the wine that pegs it as reliant on what slow and funky yeast happen to be living on the grapes and in the cellar. It's a big, flavourful chardonnay, emphasizing green-grape acidity and fleshy apricot fruit. There's evident oak, but the wine is more than substantial enough to absorb it with time. Give this several years to quiet down, then serve it with lobster. Rating 91 - Joshua Greene, WINE & SPIRITS MAGAZINE (31/10/2010)

All this talk about elegant, subtle Chardonnay, so here’s one for those who like to turn the volume up. A powerful Yarra Valley Chardonnay with grapefruit and crunchy white peaches, toasty oak and honeyed notes. Prominent oak, fruit concentration to handle it, acidity and fine minerality to pull it all together. Rating 92 - Tyson Stelzer - WBM (30/09/2010)

Winery Tasting Notes

Aroma

Oatmeal, muesli, lanoline. Mandarin and lemon zest, fresh ginger and jasmine. Aniseed, fennel and savoury spice.

Palate

Tight with a long, lean grapefruit acidity balanced by chalky tannins and a mid palate fruit weight.

Food Matching

Pork and fennel sausages. Cold chicken salad. Washed rind cheese.

Cellaring Potential

Two to ten years.

Winemaking Notes

The fruit was hand picked to 300kg crates and chilled overnight before being whole bunch pressed to tank and transferred to barrel after eight hours of settling. 80% indigenous yeast, barrel fermented at 18 – 23 degrees Celsius. Lees stirred weekly, then monthly after May. 5% indigenous malolactic fermentation. The wine was gravity racked to tank and cold stabilized with light fining prior to bottling.

Medals & Trophies

Silver Medal, Sydney International Wine Competition 2010

Silver Medal, Yarra Valley Wine Show 2009

Silver Medal, Victorian Wines Show 2009

Vintage
2008
Region
VIC - Yarra Valley
Grape Style
Chardonnay
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
13.5%

Winery Profile

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Yarra Valley based vignerons, the Sexton family live in the middle of their 80 acre vineyard established on the high north face of the Warramate Ranges in the dress circle of the Yarra Valley, one hour east of Melbourne.

At Giant Steps, they explore site, micro climatic and clonal differences between several specialised vineyards in the Yarra Valley including their own multiclonal vineyard and the highly regarded Tarraford vineyard.

Focused intently upon reflecting the individual and unique characteristics of each single vineyard, Giant Steps adopts a minimalist approach to winemaking including, whenever possible, vinification using indigenous yeasts and gravity flow transfers.

When in the Yarra Valley you must stop by the winery/cellar door situated in the main street of Healesville, which offers wood fired pizzas, in-house roasted coffee, cheese, beer on tap, and of course wine.

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