Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2021Regular price $36.00
Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2021 is only showing the barest inkling of its potential. Revisiting in 6 to 12 months time or even longer will show so much more. And it will be worth the wait.
Aromas of mealy nutty notes and apricot fill the glass. and then it hits the palate and it is classic Yarra Valley Chardonnay in all its glory.
Steve Flamsteed knows how to make wine and if this is even 10% of what the Single Vineyards are going to look like, then prepare yourselves for some great 2021 wine.
The palate is mainly lemon and citrus (hints of pink grapefruit) then peaches. As time goes on these peaches will flesh out and the citrus stonefruit balance will be complete and might I say "glorious". The finish is beautifully dry and completely in balance with the slightest hint of oranges. I give it a rating of Yum and suggest not drinking for six months.
Buy some, you will not regret this.
"A blend of Sexton, Tarraford, Applejack, Primavera and Wombat Creek vineyards. 15% new oak (puncheons). About 10% malo. In other news, Mel Chester (ex Seppelt, Sutton Grange) is the incoming winemaker at Giant Steps, while Steve Flamsteed involves himself in special ops for GS, among other things.
Flavour, crunch, gloss, and all up a Chardonnay of fine balance and appeal. White peach, almond, a little fennel and lime, fine acidity, flinty texture, a cool cucumber thing happening, and clean, with a well-defined finish of excellent length. Very good in 2021."
94 Points - Gary Walsh - The Wine Front