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2017 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay

Yarra Valley

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Our Price: $49.99 / bottle (RRP: $50.00 ) Case: 6 x 750ml

'Hints of chaff and wheat on the bouquet; intense grapefruit flavours lead the way on the palate, with complexity rocky acidity.'
95 Points - James Halliday

  • Champion Wine of Show at the Yarra Valley Wine Show 2018 and one of the best young Chard's you'll ever likely come across.

    Tarraford is often a broader representation of the Giant Steps Chardonnay MO, sourced from a single-vineyard in Tarrawarra, at a lower altitude. Lots of flesh and warming Chardonnay characters to this wine - it's immediately present, and relishes in the creamy texture.  Pink lady apple and nougat the immediate response. This is stunning, and a real-crowd pleaser from the '17 single site releases.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    2017 was a textbook cool climate vintage. The preceding winter was cool to cold (good vine dormancy) with good rainfall and ground saturation as the valley moved into spring. The growing season was characterized by intermittent rainfall with otherwise cool to mild days, bright sunshine and importantly, no temperature peaks. As a result, all varieties enjoyed slower ripening where acids, sugar and flavor stayed well in-sync. The resulting wines have terrific structure and detail, underpinned by crisp natural acidity and bright fruit.

    Vinification: Hand picked and whole bunch pressed without additions. Course settled to 500L French puncheons. Indigenous fermentation. Batonnage for the first two months, then topped and let rest (maturing) for a further 8 months on lees. New and used tight grain French oak – 20% new, 80% older. Rough pass filtered and naturally fined. Bottled by gravity.

    Appellation: Yarra Valley
    Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
    Clones: P58
    Harvested: March 2017
    Bottled: November 2017
    Alc/Vol (%): 13.5
    TA (g/L): 6.2
    pH: 3.21
    Cellaring: Now - six years
    Cases: 350

  • REVIEWS

    Champion Wine of Show
    Best White Wine of Show
    Best Single Vineyard White Wine of Show
    Best Chardonnay
    Yarra Valley Wine Show 2018


    'Lower Yarra Valley, P58 clone, fermented in French puncheons (20% new), matured for 10 months. Hints of chaff and wheat on the bouquet; intense grapefruit flavours lead the way on the palate, with complexity rocky acidity.'
    95 Points - James Halliday

    'Warmest of all the sites of Giant Steps coterie of vineyards. Shows in the extra generosity in this wine, but it’s by a degree, and you’d likely have to be tasting them side-by-side as myself and GW had the pleasure of doing. Still, it’s got some pep. Get up and go chardonnay.

    Ripe apple, lemon curd, scents of faint, wet stones. Palate is ample, juicy, almost fleshy but for the licks of minerally tartness of acidity. Has some white chocolate notes, almost the texture of just melted chocolate bar, soft and long, stains the palate gently, the finish perky and fresh. It’s one of those lip-licking, moreish chardonnays, and will be hard to put down. Yep. .'

    94 Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

    'Smoky lanolin aromas, youthful and straightforward. The palate is similar and is laced with a little apparent sweetness and slight textural chewiness. Subtle complexities. It's a good young chardonnay but lacks the finesse of the Wombat Creek or Applejack wines.'
    93 Points - Huon Hooke



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