Giant Steps Yarra Valley


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2017 Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Chardonnay

2017 Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Chardonnay


Appellation: Yarra Valley
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Clones: I10V1
Harvested: March 2017
Bottled: November 2017
Alc/Vol (%): 13.0
TA (g/L): 6.8
pH: 3.2
Cellaring: Now - six years
Cases: 350

2017 was a textbook cool climate vintage. The preceding winter was cool to cold (good vine dormancy) with good rainfall and ground saturation as the valley moved into spring. The growing season was characterized by intermittent rainfall with otherwise cool to mild days, bright sunshine and importantly, no temperature peaks. As a result, all varieties enjoyed slower ripening where acids, sugar and flavor stayed well in-sync. The resulting wines have terrific structure and detail, underpinned by crisp natural acidity and bright fruit.

Hand picked and whole bunch pressed without additions. 
Course settled to 500L French puncheons.
Indigenous fermentation.
Batonnage for the first two months, then topped and let rest (maturing) for a further 8 months on lees. 
New and used tight grain French oak – 20% new, 80% older.
Rough pass filtered and naturally fined. Bottled by gravity.

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