Giant Steps Yarra Valley


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2018 Giant Steps 'Ocarina' Chardonnay

2018 Giant Steps 'Ocarina' Chardonnay


VARIETALS: 100% Chardonnay
HARVESTED: February 2018
BOTTLED: August 2018
ALC/VOL (%): 13.0
TA (g/L): 7.40
pH: 3.25
CELLARING: Now - 6 years

Good winter rains left the ground with good subsoil 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.  

Handpicked in the morning and whole bunch pressed without additions. 
Transferred without settling (with full solids) to 650L ceramic egg vessels.
Indigenous fermentation. 
After fermentation was completed, the eggs were topped and sealed for winter. 
No malolactic fermentation. No fining, no filtration.
Bottled by gravity.

Location: Sexton, Gruyere Farm (Gruyere) and Applejack (Gladysdale)
Planted: 1997
Elevation: 130 - 300 meters  
Soil Type: Gruyere - Grey clay loam over granite / ironstone
Gladysdale - Grey clay loam over black volcanic base
Aspect: North and East facing slopes

Note also available in Mandarin

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