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2019 Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Chardonnay

2019 Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Chardonnay

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  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • In 2016 Steve Flamsteed was named the Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the year. His work at Giant Steps in Yarra Valley has raised the winery to that of a modern day Australian Icon.  Recently, we at My Wine Guy were lucky enough to try all of the New release 2019’s in a horizontal tasting, and one thing is pretty clear; the man doesn’t make a bad wine. 

    The Giant steps single vineyard release is one that is anticipated by fans of the brand every year, and the 2019 vintage does not disappoint. Flamsteed makes wines from six single sites in the Yarra Valley. Each wine is extremely elegant and well made, the winemaking flare of this talented vigneron is evident, however their individual terroir shines through as well. 

    Applejack is one of the higher altitude vineyards in the Portfolio and yet it has quite a ripe fruit profile. Flamsteed says 2019 was a banner year for Chardonnay and this wine is certainly backing that up. The wine has lush fruit and some secondary complexity and toastiness. It’s everything we want from Yarra Chardonnay. 

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • Season:
    A cool start to the season was punctuated by a few solid rain events in December that resulted in very large healthy green vineyard canopies. The final stage of the growing season was warmer than average which led to accelerated ripening, but the natural acids in all the chardonnay blocks was surprisingly high. Fruit was hand sorted in both vineyard and winery. 2019 is an exceptional chardonnay vintage. 

    Vinification:
    100% hand picked. Whole bunch pressed, indigenous fermentation. Indigenous fermentation in 500L French puncheons. No batonage. No malolactic fermentation. Maturation for 10 months in new and used French oak – 20% new, 80% older. New oak was Taransaud and D&J. 


    The Vineyard:
    Applejack Vineyard, in the upper Yarra Valley, was planted by respected viticulturist Ray Guerin and is managed by his son Mark. The higher altitude results in a cooler and extended growing season, ideally suited to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (3-4 weeks later than central Yarra valley). Applejack Vineyard is located on a dramatic slope and is close planted and fastidiously managed. The basalt based underlying volcanic soil and rock produce a characteristically fine yet extended, spicy and firm palate.

  • 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
  • 96 POINTS

    HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW


    Bright, light yellow colour, with a fresh, sawn timber oak and creamy lees aroma, the fruit flavour powerful and pungent in the mouth, with white peach, passionfruit and a semblance of sweetness, which is probably just the richness of the fruit talking. There's a trace of tannin, more than balanced by the body. A delicious wine, which should go on to show more and more character with time. The powerful fruit comprehensively outguns the oak and lees characters.

    93 POINTS

    MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT


    Shy chardonnay with green apple, green mango, nectarine, grapefruit juice and white almond. That’s the story. Juicy in the palate with a nice little chalky pucker to it. Feels quite translucent in texture, a bit diffuse, but that grip and chew to finish counters that quite nicely. Perfume is sedate but pretty with all that character there when you seek it out. Fresh feeling, nice shot of minerals through the core, finishes pleasing albeit a little steely and resinous, and cool. Easy as. Good stuff.