Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018 ~ Yarra Valley, Australia
95/100 James Halliday
95/100 Ray Jordan
95/100 Winsor Dobbin
94/100 The Wine Front
94/100 Gary Walsh
94/100 Steve Leszczynski
94/100 Toni Paterson
James Suckling "Simply put, this is one of the best value Australian chardonnays being made. It has a magic marriage of well-judged complexity with grapefruit, peaches, lemons, and nectarines wrapped in a gun flinty and hazelnutty shroud of complexity. The palate merges pastry-like smoothness and concentration with electrifying acid freshness."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "Blended from the winery's estate vineyards, the 2017 Chardonnay is a terrific reflection of the winemaking style here, showing positive hints of struck match, subtle toasted grain and butter notes, plus pear and melon aromas. It's medium-bodied and crisp, with a silky texture and expanding citrusy notes that take over on the long finish."
James Halliday "The bouquet shares aromas with Tasmanian chardonnay with Weet-bix/toast nuances, the palate slightly softer than Applejack, but retaining complexity and stone fruit flavours."
Lower Yarra Valley, clone I10V1, fermented in a 657l ceramic egg, briefly settled on lees before gravity bottling.
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). 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.
Giant Steps Yarra Valley range is made using 100% hand-picked fruit from Giant Steps estate vineyards. The wines are produced with wild ferments, gravity-flow winemaking techniques, and minimal fining and filtration. This approach produces highly expressive wines, true to the regional characteristics of the Yarra Valley.