Giant Steps Chardonnay 2019 (Yarra Valley, Victoria) "...citrus, melon, flowers..."
2019 was a rollercoaster... with fluctuating temperatures and rain events through Spring driving a very successful flowering in the Gruyere and Tarrawarra sub regions, but a much lower crop set in the Upper Yarra.
We then had beautiful, moderate weather in early summer which gave us rich dark green canopies, so that despite a few heat spikes in January, we had access to plenty of pristine bunches at harvest.
Acidities were surprisingly fresh, perhaps driven by cool nights and the Chardonnay parcels have a depth and intensity we haven’t seen since 2015.
100% hand-picked, all fruit is chilled overnight to 12 deg Celsius. Whole bunch pressed, fermentation on full juice solids, wild yeast. Fermented entirely in 500L French puncheons – 10% new, 90% older. No lees stirring. No malolactic fermentation. Matured in French oak – 10% new, 90% older – for only 8 months. Blended and chilled in tank prior to bottling in late Spring.
"Hand-picked, chilled, whole-bunch pressed, wild fermentation on full solids, no stirring, no mlf, matured in French oak (10% new) for 8 months. The bouquet is slightly funky/reduced, but it's elegance and purity that are the essence of this wine, made by a master of the art. Drink by 2032." - 98 Points, James Halliday
"The latest vintage of this noteworthy producer's Chardonnay is singing. A harmonious, multifaceted nose offers notes of bright citrus, fresh melon and flowers, while a chorus of sun-baked stones and freshly baked bread linger behind. Beautifully textural and salty on the palate, it crunches with minerals and vibrant fruit. The oak is tucked away and the finish long and salty. Drink now–2030." - 95 Points, Wine Enthusiast
"Stunningly precise, vivid and mouthwatering, with a hint of butterscotch to the lemon curd, pear and mango flavors. Intense and juicy, finishing fresh and vibrant. Details of white tea and roasted hazelnut emerge on the finish. Drink now through 2030." - 94 Points, Wine Spectator