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2018 Giant Steps Wombat Creek Vineyard Chardonnay

2018 Giant Steps Wombat Creek Vineyard Chardonnay

"This vineyard is one of, if not the highest vineyards in the Yarra at 405-plus metres above sea level. This was my favourite chardonnay of all the 2018 releases"
95+ Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

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  • Giant Steps is a privately owned, estate based, Yarra Valley vineyard and winery. Over the years, Giant Steps has forged a reputation for delivering some of Australia’s most consistent, over-performing, varietal wines. As such, they have received global acclaim and established a strong reputation in restaurants and fine wine stores around the world.

    Wombat Creek Vineyard is the highest altitude vineyard in the Yarra Valley, making it an ideal location for the production of extreme cool climate wines. The vineyard was originally planted in 1988. The underlying ferrous (red) based volcanic soil and rock produce a distinctively soft yet long and firm palate

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    Good winter rains left the ground with a healthy amount of moisture resources. Canopies were large and healthy and the fruit set was extraordinarily successful. We did a “green” fruit thin back to one bunch per shoot and the vine/fruit balance was perhaps the best we have seen in years. After a warm January, the flavours and skin ripeness came on very quickly. Even though days were warm, nights were cool. We picked very early to maintain fresh natural acidity and the Chardonnay bunches were turgid and pristine.

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

    TASTING NOTES

  • REVIEWS

    'Planted in 1988, it makes it one of the older vineyards in the program of Giant Steps. This used to be fertile ground for sparkling wine, particularly Yarra Bank (Yering Station) fizz, but the vineyard has been changed up for table wines. This vineyard is one of, if not the highest vineyards in the Yarra at 405-plus metres above sea level. This was my favourite chardonnay of all the 2018 releases (well, alongside Ocarina) though I saw it as level-pegged to Sexton Vineyard. It had the most je ne sais quoi.

    Scents of flint and wet slate, wet fern, green apple. Nice start, says something about restraint and minerality in its way. Crisp and cool in the palate, transparent, light but steely and assertive in texture and pristine. The wine develops some juiciness after time, green apply sort of feel, a touch peppery, saline, flinty finish maintains as a strength. A quiet power here, lots of character and architecture, and, importantly, sense of deliciousness and refreshment. Super individual and super.'
    95+ Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front