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2018 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay

2018 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay

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13.0%
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Screw Cap
Yarra Valley
2018
750ml
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$30.99
13.0%
Cellar to 2025
Screw Cap
Yarra Valley
2018
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • 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.

    The Yarra Valley Chardonnay is made from handpicked fruit from all of their estate vineyards. The wines are produced using indigenous yeasts, gravity-flow winemaking, and minimal fining and filtration. This approach produces highly expressive wines, true to the regional characteristics of the Yarra Valley.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • Warmer, faster (four weeks as opposed to six weeks to pick all the Chardonnay) and earlier than the 2017 vintage. Picked at lower sugar levels to retain the fresh natural acidity in the Chardonnay grapes. The resulting wine has lower alcohol but similar acid levels to the 2017. What’s surprising is the fresh melon and citrus flavours and incredible energy of this wine - a beautiful drink now, but a wine that will improve with a little cellaring. 

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    Ripe nectarine and white peach yet with a containment and delicacy, the acid a little softer this year but still a crisp and restrained style

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • Giant Steps is an independent winery in Healesville, Victoria, owned by Phil Sexton. Phil first made his name in establishing some noted micro-breweries, such as Little Creatures, and later established Devil’s Lair in Margaret River. First released in 2001, Giant Steps focuses exclusively on the distinctive expression of single vineyard sites in the Yarra Valley. Grapes are drawn from estate and leased vineyards, as well as a selection of long-term contracted vineyards. Giant Steps wines are produced fastidiously in the vineyard and vinified with minimal intervention so that each is a faithful expression of site, vintage and culture. Giant Steps focuses on restrained Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and cool climate Cabernet/Merlot blends. These single vineyard wines are sourced from five different vineyards throughout the Yarra, so each is a fingerprint of location and site personality. The name Giant Steps comes in part from Phil’s love for jazz and John Coltrane’s album of that same name, and in part due the Giant Step Phil took in relocating with his family from Margaret River to the Yarra Valley. Giant Steps wines are always exclusively single vineyard Yarra Valley wines. They are hand made in small batches using gravity flow principles. Production of the Giant Steps wines is very limited with some vineyards producing as little as 200 cases each vintage – some wines are not produced each year if vintage conditions do not allow. These wines are often hard to find in retail outlets as they are mainly sold through the cellar door and through selected restaurants.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 95 POINTS

    CAMPBELL MATTINSON - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION


    In terrific form. It captures you from the outset. Stone fruit, custard powder, toasted bran and cedar spice notes have sparks flying in the glass. Crushed fennel too, particularly through the aftertaste. It attacks with flavour from the start and maintains a good pace throughout. The finish takes care of itself.

    93 POINTS

    TONI PATERSON MW - THE REAL REVIEW


    Good juiciness, depth and palate weight with impressive complexity, palate softness and energy. A very complete and harmonious wine. Delicious

    93 POINTS

    MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT


    It’s a ripper drink. Shows pedigree of the top Giant Steps wines but delivers a wickedly drinkable, tangy, lemon-drizzled-apple-crunch of yummo chardonnay with enough pep and vigour (and faint salted nutty savouriness) to blast off on those warm, baking summer days. That aside, there’s spring to texture, light juiciness, a pucker followed by mouth-watering refreshment to close. No brainer for quality, bright, quietly complex but wholly guzzle-worthy chardonnay.

    92 POINTS

    HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW


    Very light, bright yellow colour. The bouquet is very fragrant, fruit-driven and lightly creamy from lees contact. Cashews, cream and white peaches. The wine is intense and fresh, taut and restrained in the mouth, with very attractive flavour, line and length. It somehow manages to be rich as well as delicate at the same moment. It's still tight and will doubtless fill out over the coming months.