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  • Very limited allocation
  • Smaller production than previous vintages
  • "It’s one of those lip-licking, moreish chardonnays, and will be hard to put down." - Mike Bennie
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Light Gold
Nose Apple, lemon curd & hints of wet stone minerality
Palate Well rounded palate with excellent fruit presence and good weight. Impressive mouthfeel with a long soft finish.
Food Pairing Chicken, Sausage and Shrimp Gumbo with Rice
Cellaring Ready, but will Keep
Notes 2017 was a textbook cool climate vintage in Yarra Valley
Variety Chardonnay
Body Medium - Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2017
Region Yarra Valley
Country Australia
Sustainability Biodynamic
Alcohol 13.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Stelvin
Giant Steps
5-Star rated Giant Steps of the Yarra Valley are among the regions most awarded wineries, with (at last count) 18 Trophies and 48 Gold Medals at major wine shows, including receiving the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards Single Vineyard Trophy three times for the 2007 (Sexton Chardonnay), 2009 (Tarraford Chardonnay) and 2013 (Applejack Pinot.)



Winemaker Steve Flamsteed works exclusively on the distinctive expression of single vineyard sites throughout the Yarra. As the wines are made with minimal intervention, the growing season shows in the finished product. Vineyards are planted with a selection of clones best suited to the conditions in the Yarra Valley; Chardonnay (Mendoza, 96, 76, 95, 78 and 227) and Pinot Noir clones MV6, 115, 114, G5V15, Pommard, 667 and 777, Merlot (D3V14) and Cabernet (SA125, CW44 and LC10)



No strangers to accolades, Giant Steps have yet again (for the 3rd consecutive year) been named Winery of the Year by Wines & Spirits magazine for their range of exceptional wines of overarching quality.
Yarra Valley
The Yarra Valley is a wine region known for producing outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The region has become a leading wine tourism destination, popular for weekend trips as it is located only an hour’s drive north east of Melbourne.



The cool climate region has some of the oldest soils in the world, and produces terrific Chardonnays in the leaner, acid-driven style. Long gone are the days of excessively oaked and oily Chardonnays. Superb Pinot Noir is cultivated with tremendous results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and even Sparkling wines of premium quality are also worth seeking out.



Yarra Valley is the oldest wine region in Victoria with the first vines planted in 1838 at Yering Station. Reg Egan founded the iconic Wantirna Estate in 1963, followed by Dr Bailey Carrodus in 1969 who founded equally lauded Yarra Yering in the foot of the Warramate Hills. Nowadays a fleet of new world wine makers and growers are making sure Yarra Valley stays at the forefront of Victorian wine production. Key wineries to look out for are Mayer, William Downie and Macforbes.



The region in 2009 suffered in the Black Saturday fires, with an estimated 25% of all production was impacted.
94
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Mike Bennie
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.

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