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2017 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay

2017 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay

35.00

APPELLATION: Yarra Valley
VINEYARDS: Applejack, Gruyere Farm, Sexton, Tarraford, Wombat Creek
VARIETAL: 100% Chardonnay
HARVESTED: February - March 2017
BOTTLED: October 2017
Alc/Vol (%): 13.5
TA (g/L): 7.39
pH: 3.16
CELLARING: Now - six years

SEASON: 2017 really was a sensational vintage! Good intermittent rainfall with cool to mild temperatures, and not a day over 40 degrees during the summer months marked 2017 out as a classic cool climate vintage. All varieties came in later than average, ripening at an unhurried pace in these ideal growing conditions, producing wines of incredible structure, detail and length.

VINIFICATION: 
Natural winemaking philosophy, while making quality the priority. Minimal intervention in the vineyard and 100% hand-picked.
Fermented in 500L puncheons (20% new, 80% older) using indigenous yeasts.
Batonage for the first two months, then just topped.
30% malolactic fermentation.
Seven months in new and used French oak - 20% new, 80% older.
Bottled by gravity, no filtration at bottling.

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