Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Chardonnay 2021


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The Wine

2021 was a terrific vintage for both vineyard quality and quantity.
We had a wet spring followed by a healthy amount of sunshine and some well-timed rain in January, leading to large green healthy canopies.
The overall temperature during the growing season was cooler than average which led to a long slow ripening period and great concentration of flavours and natural acidity.

100% hand picked.
Whole bunch pressed, juice transferred to barrel by gravity with no settling.
Fermentation in eight 500L French puncheons.
No bâtonnage.
Maturation for 10 months in new and used French oak – 25% new, 75% older, Mercurey, Taransaud and D&J.

Location: Gladysdale
Planted: 1997
Elevation: 220-320 metres
Soil type: Grey clay loam over black (basalt) volcanic base
Aspect: East facing slopes
Size: 12.5 Hectares
Applejack Vineyard, in the upper Yarra Valley, was planted by respected viticulturist Ray Guerin.
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 closely planted and fastidiously managed.
The basalt based underlying volcanic soil and rock produce a characteristically fine yet extended, spicy and firm palate.