Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay 2020

$75.00 inc. GST

96/100 – Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
95/100 – James Suckling
95/100 – Huon Hooke, The Real Review
93/100 – Wine Spectator
95/100 – Bob Campbell MW (2018 vintage)

“This has a savory, crushed stone edge to the nose with fresh pastry, as well as white peaches, lemon pastry and hazelnuts with honeysuckle and citrus blossom. The palate has an alluring density that holds very long into the peach, lemon and pastry-flavored finish. A spark of zesty lemon to close. Drink or hold. – James Suckling

“Light, bright yellow hue, with cashew nut, preserved lemon and toasted almond notes in its fresh, youthful bouquet. In the mouth, it’s restrained and crisp, youthfully refined, restrained and undeveloped. Oak has been sensitively used. Traces of toasted hazelnuts emerging on palate. An attractive wine, with potential.” – Huon Hooke, The Real Review

“The One With The Juicy, Savoury Feel. A little more volume than the other 2019 Giant Steps single vineyard releases, Sexton pushes ripe citrus, green apple, nuttiness and a Parisian almond/marzipan character. It’s flinty too, minerals don’t escape, but the main gist is a wine of quiet power, depth, concentration and drive. Exceptional length, the finish is a starburst of flavour, then chalky and puckering. It opens up beautifully, indeed needs some time to reveal more and more, so you get a complex wine with incredible detail going on. Long term fans of the Giant Steps chardonnay world will recognise the pedigree here. It has it all.” – Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

Vintage Note: A cool start to the season was punctuated by a few solid rain events in December that resulted in very large healthy green vineyard canopies. The final stage of the growing season was warmer than average which led to accelerated ripening, but the natural acids in all the chardonnay blocks was surprisingly high. Fruit was hand sorted in both vineyard and winery. 2019 is an exceptional chardonnay vintage.

Winemaking Notes: Hand picked and whole bunch pressed without additions. Course settled to 500L French puncheons. Indigenous fermentation. Batonnage for the first month, then topped and let rest (maturing) for a further 8 months on lees. New and used tight grain French oak – 20% new, 80% older. Coarse filtration only. Bottled by gravity. No fining, no filtration.

Alcohol: 13.0%

Variety: Chardonnay

Region: Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

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