Giant Steps, Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2020
Layers of tangy citrus and orchard fruit character with a lovely rounded yet savoury texture.
Giant Steps have been pumping out some of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Australia in recent years from their top Yarra Valley vineyards. A powerful Chardonnay, blended from several of Giant Steps top vineyards giving great regional character. So drinkable with layers of tangy citrus and orchard fruit character with a lovely rounded yet savoury texture.
Producer: Giant Steps
Region/Country: Yarra Valley, Australia
Production Method: Sustainable viticulture. Wild yeast fermentation in French oak puncheons. Lees stirring but no malolactic fermentation. Matured for 10 months in cask.
Style: Elegant and refined with classic new world citrus and stone fruit character
Pairing Suggestion: Seafood, vegetable dishes, poultry
Profile: Commonly referred to as the winemakers grape owing to both its versatility and ease of manipulation in the winery. Chardonnay will range widely in character depending on its region of origin as well as winemaking style. One the lighter end of the spectrum, generally from cooler regions, it will display crisp, somewhat tart acidity alongside citrus and orchard fruit character and mineral texture. Moving to warmer climates gradually produces a more ripe stone and tropical fruit character. Winemaking, particularly the use of oak and batonnage (lees stirring) produces a richer, creamier texture and flavours of toast, butter and vanilla spice.
Classic Regions: Chablis, Cote d'Or, Maconnais, Champagne (France), Yarra Valley, Tasmania, Margaret River (Australia), Canterbury (New Zealand), Walker Bay (South Africa)
Giant Steps have forged a reputation for making some of the Yarra Valley's most consistently exciting wines. Head winemaker Steve Flamsteed and his team’s aim is to express the character of the vineyard, grape and vintage in each wine. They achieve this through meticulous work in the vineyard and minimum intervention in the winery.