Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay 2021

$62.99

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The Wine

Appellation: Yarra Valley
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Clones: Gingin, Mendoza, 277, 96, 76, 78
Harvested: February, 2021
Bottled: 7th December, 2021
Alc/Vol (%): 13.0
TA (g/L): 5.9
pH: 3.25
Cellaring: Now - eight years

SEASON:
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.

VINIFICATION:
100% hand picked – a spectacular year with every block and clone contributing to the final blend.
Whole bunch pressed, juice transferred to barrel by gravity with no settling.
Fermented in 500L French puncheons.
A small amount of bâtonnage and 20% malolactic fermentation.
Maturation for 10 months in new and used French oak – 20% new,
80% older, Taransaud, Mercurey and D&J.