Giant Steps Wombat Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2021


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The Wine

Appellation: Yarra Valley
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Clones: I10V1
Harvested: Late March 2021
Bottled: 7th December, 2021
Alc/Vol (%): 12.5
TA (g/L): 5.3
pH: 3.36
Cellaring: Now - six years

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 - very small bunches.
Whole bunch pressed, juice transferred to barrel by gravity with no settling.
Fermentation in four 500L French puncheons, some of which went through malolactic fermentation.
Bâtonnage in May and June.
Maturation for 10 months in new and used French oak – 25% new, 75% older, Mercurey, Taransaud and D&J.