Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2023


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Region: Yarra Valley
Grapes: Chardonnay
First Glance: Crunchy Stonefruit, Sea Spray, Mineral, Energetic
Acclaim: 95pts

The Wine:
Hand-picked. The Chardonnay grapes are chilled overnight before they are whole bunch pressed the following morning. The juice is immediately transferred into 500L French oak puncheons. 15% of the oak is new, while the remaining 85% is seasoned. The juice is fermented naturally using indigenous yeast over 10 days, finishing with lots of stirring at the end of ferment. Around 10% of the batches go through malolactic fermentation. The wines are then sulphured and kept on lees in barrel until October, when they are blended and bottled.

The Review:
Shanteh Wale, Wine Pilot - 95pts
"Honeycrisp apple skin, lemon zest and green plum. Winter melon and starfruit. Plumes of talc powder, pumice and honeysuckle. Plenty of white delicate florals and a blush of nectarine. Intoxicating acidity and a kefir creaminess on the finish. A spray of saline and oak appears in its round shapes rather than toasty notes. Alive with energy and creeping unsuspecting power. Drinking well now and will cellar 3-5 years, a great wine for the bite of calamari or richness of abalone."