Giant Steps Yarra Valley


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2018 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay

2018 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay


Appellation: Yarra Valley
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Clones: P58
Harvested: 14 February, 2018
Bottled: 13 December, 2018
Alc/Vol (%): 13.0
TA (g/L): 7.6
pH: 3.21
Cellaring: 1 - 10 years
Cases: 450

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: Tarrawarra
Planted: 1988
Elevation: 100 meters
Soil Type: Grey clay loam
Aspect: North, south and east facing slopes
Size: 21 acres
Located in a protected valley, Tarraford Vineyard has a discreet microclimate, that is cooler
than neighbouring sites. A diversity of aspect and clone provides multifaceted winemaking opportunities. Although located in a warmer part of the valley, the site produces Chardonnay with high natural acids (and low pH) expressing itself through its characteristically long palate, fine tight structure and a zesty lemon/grapefruit finish.

Note also available in Mandarin

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