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2017 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay

2017 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay


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.

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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