Giant Steps Yarra Valley


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2018 Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Chardonnay

2018 Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Chardonnay


Appellation: Yarra Valley
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Clones: I10V1
Harvested: 28 February, 2018
Bottled: 13 December, 2018
Alc/Vol (%): 13.0
TA (g/L): 6.8
pH: 3.22
Cellaring: 1 - 10 years
Cases: 590

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: Gladysdale
Planted: 1997
Elevation: 300 meters
Soil type: Grey clay loam over black (basalt) volcanic base
Aspect: East facing slopes
Size: 29 acres
Applejack Vineyard, in the upper Yarra Valley, was planted by respected viticulturist Ray Guerin and is managed by his son Mark. The higher altitude results in a cooler and extended growing season, ideally suited to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (3-4 weeks later than central Yarra valley). Applejack Vineyard is located on a dramatic slope and is close planted and fastidiously managed. The basalt based underlying volcanic soil and rock produce a characteristically fine yet extended, spicy and firm palate.

Note also available in Mandarin

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