Giant Steps is a privately owned, estate based, Yarra Valley grower and winemaker that has forged a reputation for delivering some of Australia’s most consistent, over-performing, single vineyard varietal wines. The Yarra Valley range of wines is made from hand-picked fruit from the estate vineyards.
Producing a range of Giant Steps wines using fruit blended from across the estate vineyards has been many years in discussion. These wines were born from a desire to produce a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of Giant Steps quality, which are expressive of the regional characteristics of the Yarra Valley rather than a single site. Fruit for this wine is sourced from the Sexton, Tarraford, Applejack and Jobling estate vineyards.
Bud burst was relatively early in 2016, followed by a dry, mild spring that delivered the earliest start to flowering on record. Perfectly timed rain in late January gave the vineyard a much needed freshen up prior to picking. Harvest began very early with ideal flavours developing rapidly, crops were well-balanced and the berries had intense flavour and solid natural acidity. 2016 has proven to be one of the fastest vintages in Giant Steps history.
Wines from the Yarra Valley range are produced using indigenous yeasts, gravity-flow winemaking and minimal fining and filtration. All the fruit is 100% hand-picked and fermented in 500 litre French oak puncheons, of which 20% are new and 80% older oak. No malolactic fermentation took place. Lees stirring was carried out for around two months. The wine was then aged for 10 months in 20% new and 80% used French puncheons.
An elegant, refined and delicate Chardonnay that is also surprisingly voluptuous. The nose shows classic Yarra characters of lemon sorbet, white peach and nectarine underpinned with notes of marzipan and hazelnut. Crisp acidity on the back palate ensures a refreshing, clean finish.