Giant Steps Wombat Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2020

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96 Points – Huon Hooke, The Real Review

Vinification: 100% hand picked - Very small bunches. Whole bunch pressed, juice transferred to barrel by gravity with no settling. Indigenous fermentation in 500L French puncheons, some of which went through spontaneous malolactic fermentation. Batonage in May and June. Maturation for 10 months in new and used French oak – 25% new, 75% older, Vicard, Taransaud and D&J. 

 

"A marginal vineyard in a marginal year. Sparkling wine chardonnay clones. All went through malolactic fermentation here. “The cool years will always challenge these sites”, offers Steve Flamsteed.

Has some ripe stone fruit, chicken soup characters, slightly buttery, a touch of truffle and mushroom in there too. Good texture, plush and round, concentrated, a core of very saline, delicious, minerally acidity through the core, finishes salty saline but with puppy fat and gummy texture around that sizzle and tang. Missing some composure, but the minerally, saline feel is great."

Mike Bennie, Winefront