Giant Steps "Sexton Vineyard" Chardonnay 2016 ~ Yarra Valley Australia
Deacanter Magazine top 20 wines of 2017
95/100 James Halliday
93/100 The Wine Front
Top 100 Wineries of the World 2013, 2014 & 2015, 2016 - Wine & Spirits Magazine
Gourmet Traveller Wine 'Winemaker of the Year' 2016
James Halliday 5 Red Star Winery Rating
James Halliday "This is as typical of the Lower Yarra Valley as Lusatia Park is of the Upper Yarra. But it has a particular flavour and texture on the back-palate and finish, with a faint honeysuckle/cashew note; on retasting (several times) grapefruit also struck a blow."
Decanter Top 20 wines of 2017 and the only Australian wine on the list "Fresh and cool on the nose, with a peachy, restrained expression on the palate, adding complexity and length. The acid finish gives an extra dimension.
Peter Forrestal "Steve Flamsteed is a man of many talents with a finely tuned palate, an instinctive flair for winemaking and fastidious attention to detail. This shows particularly in the stunning single-vineyard chardonnays and pinots of Giant Steps: distinctive wines that reflect their sites and glow with impeccable finesse”
Giant Steps is a privately owned, estate based, Yarra Valley grower and winemaker. Giant Steps has forged a reputation for delivering some of Australia’s most consistent, over-performing, varietal wines. These wines have received global acclaim and established a strong reputation in restaurants and fine wine stores around the world.
Since 2003 Giant Steps wines have collectively been awarded 19 trophies and over 50 gold medals at major international and domestic wine shows, and has been named one of the Top 100 Wineries in the World by Wine & Spirits Magazine, US for each of the last three years. Owner Phil Sexton came to wine via beer. He started Little Creatures, a favourite of Aussie hopheads, in Perth (Western Australia). Winemaker Steve Flamsteed works exclusively on Giant Steps single vineyard wines. Yarra Valley is a region with a cool climate, best known for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Yarra Valley is an hour’s drive east of Melbourne. Located on the steep north facing slopes of the Warramate Ranges, alongside the vineyards of Yarra Yering and Coldstream Hills, the Sexton vineyard is exposed and demanding. Being on the higher slopes, topsoil is thin and root systems have established themselves in shallow gravelly loams above a tough rocky clay base. Bunch yields set naturally low in this environment, facilitating a low intervention approach to what is otherwise hand tended viticulture. Biodynamic vineyard management principles are being introduced with the purpose of further distinguishing the site and improving grape and wine quality.