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Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

Winemaker's Notes:

Excellent weather at flowering, led into cool, mild growing conditions, with an accelerated final stage of ripening due to some warm nights. Our estate vineyards produced small crops with intense flavour and solid natural acidity - critical to Chardonnay and Pinot. The wines are all very strong in primary fruit and possess a generosity and mouth feel that we have not seen since 2010. The Chardonnay went through the citrus flavours into melon very quickly in vintage '13; we were tasting and picking every day. We introduced more juice solids than ever and allowed the wild ferments to naturally get a little warmer.

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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

Excellent weather at flowering, led into cool, mild growing conditions, with an accelerated final stage of ripening due to some warm nights. Our estate vineyards produced small crops with intense flavour and solid natural acidity - critical to Chardonnay and Pinot. The wines are all very strong in primary fruit and possess a generosity and mouth feel that we have not seen since 2010. The Chardonnay went through the citrus flavours into melon very quickly in vintage '13; we were tasting and picking every day. We introduced more juice solids than ever and allowed the wild ferments to naturally get a little warmer.

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