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Giant Steps Chardonnay Yarra Valley Tarraford Vineyard 2010

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Nose: Fresh cream, white peacharines, river stones, spearmint, curry leaf, muesli. Palate: Lush with beautiful chalkiness. Great approach, crisp and punchy acidity. Granny Smith skins, green mango, Arrowroot biscuits. Food: Middle Eastern foods, grilled spatchcock, aged swiss cheese.

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Giant Steps Winery Pty Ltd:
Our winery in the Yarra Valley is home to Giant Steps Vignerons and Innocent Bystander winemakers. Situated in the heart of Healesville, the winery has been described as the "mecca of all things great!" Come and try the full range of Innocent Bystander and Giant Steps wines, all made in small batches in our gravity flow winery. Tastings available everyday. Free winery tours at 11am and 3pm dai... Read more
Our winery in the Yarra Valley is home to Giant Steps Vignerons and Innocent Bystander winemakers. Situated in the heart of Healesville, the winery has been described as the "mecca of all things great!" Come and try the full range of Innocent Bystander and Giant Steps wines, all made in small batches in our gravity flow winery. Tastings available everyday. Free winery tours at 11am and 3pm daily. Giant Steps was established in 1997 by the Sexton family soon after they took a giant step by selling their highly successful Devils Lair Winery in Margaret River and moving to the Yarra Valley. Giant Steps is named after the first solo album by John Coltrane, who also made a leap of faith when he split with Miles Davis in the late 1950s. Giant Steps, first released in 2001, focuses exclusively on the distinctive expression of single vineyard sites in the Yarra Valley. Grapes are drawn from estate vineyards, including the Sexton Vineyard on the Warramate Range, situated on a steep, north-facing hillside site; as well as parcels from long-term contracted growers, supported by strong relationships and meticulous supervision throughout the year. These sites include the Tarraford Vineyard in nearby Tarrawarra, Arthurs Creek Vineyard, Miller Vineyard (Jimmy Watson winner) in Steels Creek, and the Gladysdale Vineyard in the much higher Gladysdale district. Under winemaker Steve Flamsteed, the wines are vinified at the specialised gravity-flow, small-batch winery in the Yarra Valley’s historic town of Healesville. The winemaking process involves minimal intervention to faithfully express each wine’s vineyard site, vintage and culture. Read less

Member Reviews for Giant Steps Chardonnay Yarra Valley Tarraford Vineyard

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Snooth User: John Andrews
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 12/07/2008

Very good, rich chardonnay. Colour: Nice golden colour. Aroma: Ripe Melon, with some vanilla Taste: Good acidity and stone fruit.


External Reviews for Giant Steps Chardonnay Yarra Valley Tarraford Vineyard

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/19/2013

Coming from a single vineyard planted in 1997, the 2010 Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay received no malo-lactic, was fermented with wild yeast in barrel and matured 11 months in new (25%) and older French oak barriques. It offers pronounced aromas of ripe... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Chardonnay wine from Victoria in Australia. 2010 Giant Steps Chardonnay Sexton Vineyard 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/19/2012

Pale yellow. Complex, intensely perfumed bouquet displays mineral-accented citrus and pear, with a strong iodine note and mounting spiciness. Juicy and light on its feet, offering energetic lime and orange flavors underscored by smoky minerality. ... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Chardonnay wine from Victoria in Australia. 2010 Giant Steps Chardonnay Sexton Vineyard 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2008 11/23/2011

Light yellow-gold. Wild, highly perfumed bouquet of pear, orange rind, honey, jasmine, iodine and truffle, with a smoky overtone. Broad, palate-staining orchard fruit flavors reach every nook and cranny of the palate, with spicy citrus notes adding l... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Chardonnay wine from Victoria in Australia. 2008 Giant Steps Chardonnay Sexton Vineyard 750ml



Nose: Fresh cream, white peacharines, river stones, spearmint, curry leaf, muesli. Palate: Lush with beautiful chalkiness. Great approach, crisp and punchy acidity. Granny Smith skins, green mango, Arrowroot biscuits. Food: Middle Eastern foods, grilled spatchcock, aged swiss cheese.

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