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2018 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay Magnum

2018 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay Magnum


Appellation: Yarra Valley
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Clones: Mendoza
Harvested: 10 February - 16 February, 2018
Bottled: 13 December, 2018
Alc/Vol (%): 13.0
TA (g/L): 7.0
pH: 3.24
Cellaring: 1 - 10 years

Good winter rains left the ground with a healthy amount of moisture resources. Canopies were large and healthy and the fruit set was extraordinarily successful. We did a “green” fruit thin back to one bunch per shoot and the vine/fruit balance was perhaps the best we have seen in years. After a warm January, the flavours and skin ripeness came on very quickly. Even though days were warm, nights were cool. We picked very early to maintain fresh natural acidity and the Chardonnay bunches were turgid and pristine.

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.

The Vineyard:
Location: Gruyere
Planted: 1997
Elevation: 130 - 210 meters
Soil Type: Grey clay loam over granite / ironstone.
Aspect: North facing slopes
Size: 75 acres
Located on the steep north facing slopes of the Warramate Ranges, the Sexton Vineyard is exposed and demanding. Being on the higher slopes, topsoil is thin and root systems have established themselves in shallow gravelly loams above a tough rocky clay base. Bunch yields set naturally low in this environment, resulting in intensely flavoured fruit with high skin to juice ratio.

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