Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay 2019

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95/100 – Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
93/100 – James Suckling
93/100 – Huon Hooke, The Real Review
94/100 – Wine Spectator (2018 vintage)

“The One That Goes All Minerally. Huge mineral feel, indeed, you’d paste this into the section under ‘Wine; Minerality’ in an encyclopaedia. All pebbles and talc in perfume, sure, some citrus, citrus blossom, faint bread dough notes, but you’re drawn to the flint and element rocky notes primarily. The palate does the same, flint, wet slate, smooth pebbles rolled around the palate, olive brine, green apple juice and lime comes in too. Feels quite firm despite a sense of juiciness and being dart-shaped and long. Finishes with the faintest kiss of salted nuttiness. Just beautiful. Poised and fine.” – Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

“Super pure white-peach and hazelnut aromas here with a freshly squeezed lemon edge. The palate is bright and mouthwatering and has plenty of lemon and white-peach flavors with a subtle wrap of savory hazelnut biscuit into the finish. Vibrant, pure chardonnay here. Drink over the next five years. Screw cap. – James Suckling

“Very bright, light, fresh looking colour, with a slivered-almond, lightly-toasted cashew nut bouquet; elements of preserved lemon and honey hovering beneath the surface. A suggestion of butterscotch. The wine is rich and mouth-filling but also retains the finesse and restraint that are hallmarks of the maker. A fuller-bodied style than the Sexton.” – Huon Hooke, The Real review

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.

Alcohol: 13.0%

Variety: Chardonnay

Region: Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

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