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Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay 2022

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Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

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Variety: Chardonnay

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Producer: Giant Steps

Country: Australia

Region: Yarra Valley

Vintage: 2022

Critic Score: 97

Alcohol: 13.0%

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: 2028


The sort of wine that begs you to take another sip - Philip Rich

"In true Giant Steps style, the 2022 Single Vineyard release walks the line with swagger and palpable energy. Mel Chester hits it out of the park."  Shanteh Wale

Giant Steps is recognized as a global benchmark for cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The winery was established in 1998, one year after founder Phil Sexton arrived in the Yarra Valley in search of ideal sites to produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of purity and finesse. The Giant Steps Single Vineyard range is produced from the most site-expressive fruit off the best vineyards in great years.

"This is a tight release, though highly textural, but what really shows through here is the fruit intensity of the year. There’s a concentration to this wine, a sense of bounty. It tastes of brine, apples, citrus and cedar, with attractive bacon and salt-like highlights, plus quartz, plus some greenery. I wrote the word 'incredible' which says it all."  Campbell Mattinson

The Tarraford Vineyard is located in a protected valley at Tarrawarra in the lower Yarra Valley. The 8.5 hectare Vineyard, planted in 1988, has a discrete microclimate that is cooler than neighbouring sites and a diversity of aspect (north, south and east facing) and clones provide multifaceted winemaking opportunities. 

"100% hand picked and hole bunch pressed. The juice was then transferred directly to barrel by gravity with no settling, taking full gross lees. Wild fermented in 500L French oak puncheons. Bâtonnage in Autumn, 20% malolactic fermentation. Matured for 10 months in new and used French oak – 20% new, 80% older, Taransaud, Dargaud & Jaeglé and Mercurey."  Giant Steps

Expert reviews

"The warmest site among Giant Steps' four single-vineyard chardonnays, though planted on a cool, south-facing slope in Tarrawarra. Whole-bunch pressed and barrel fermented in French puncheons (25% new) with 10% mlf. An engaging and lovely wine. Opens with subtle scents of pink grapefruit, orange blossom and coriander seeds. Builds nicely on the gently textured, saline and structured palate before finishing zesty and long. The sort of wine that begs you to take another sip. Drink by 2027."  Philip Rich, Halliday Wine Companion - 97 points and Special Value Wine  ★  

"A protected site in the Yarra Valley, the Tarraford Vineyard is made up of grey loam on cool slopes. Directly fed to the barrel by gravity and fermented on gross lees in 500l French oak puncheons. 20% goes through malolactic and matured for 10 months in new 20% and old 80% older oak. Tarraford always has plenty of intrigue and a wine that rewards when you pay attention to the details. Chalkboard dust, grapefruit pith, raw pinenut and chrysanthemum. Unbaked pastry dough, a water wash of fresh acidity and fine tuned lees work that adds an almond milk creaminess. It’s energetic and shapely and drinking like a dream but will cellar for 10 years plus. Drink with a potato and rosemary pizza."  Shanteh Wale, Wine Pilot – 97 points

"Complex aromas of wet stone, struck match, just-ripe nectarine, white flowers and melon skin: there’s a whole lot going on here. Fine, textured, mouth-filling and layered with stone fruit, grapefruit pith, minerals, nuts and talc. Long, layered and very complex with punchy acidity and a nice lick of phenolic grip. Drink: 2023–2033."  Aaron Brasher, The Real Review - 96 points

"This is a tight release, though highly textural, but what really shows through here is the fruit intensity of the year. There’s a concentration to this wine, a sense of bounty. It tastes of brine, apples, citrus and cedar, with attractive bacon and salt-like highlights, plus quartz, plus some greenery. I wrote the word 'incredible', which says it all. Drink: 2024 - 2030+."  Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front - 96 points 

Tarraford vineyard

Giant Steps Tarraford VineyardTarraford Vineyard  (Lower Yarra Valley)

Located in a protected valley, Tarraford Vineyard has a discreet microclimate that is cooler than neighbouring sites. Although located in a warmer part of the valley, the Chardonnay at Tarraford is planted on the cooler south facing slope and tucked into the central vale of the vineyard. This vineyard produces Chardonnay with high natural acids, expressing itself through its characteristically long palate, fine tight structure and a zesty lemon/grapefruit finish.

Location: Tarrawarra                
Elevation: 100 metres          
Aspect: North, south and east facing
Size: 8.5 hectares                    
Planted: 1998                       
Soil Type: Grey clay loam
Chardonnay Clones: P58, 96, 548  
Pinot Noir Clones: MV6, 667, 828
Syrah Clones: RD67 (Red Dog)

 

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About the winery

Giant Steps Yarra Valley Range In 1997 Phil Sexton arrived in the Yarra Valley in search of ideal sites to produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of purity and finesse. He was looking for sites with altitude, aged soils, slopes of exposure, regular rainfall and cool to cold nighttime temperatures and a gentle breeze off the protecting mountain ranges. The Giant Steps winery was established one year later in 1998.

The focus is on the production of high-quality, single-vineyard wines. The Giant Steps Single Vineyard range is produced from the most site-expressive fruit off the best vineyards in great years. Each single vineyard wine tells a story about the vineyard, vintage and variety. Production of these wines is very limited with some vineyards producing as little as 200 cases.

The single vineyards comprise the Sexton Vineyard in the Lower Yarra and the Applejack Vineyard in the Upper Yarra (both owned by Giant Steps), the Tarraford Vineyard in the Lower Yarra under long-term lease, the Primavera Vineyard in the Upper Yarra under long-term supervised contract and the Wombat Creek Vineyard owned by Hand Picked Wines. In addition, Giant Steps produce a Yarra Valley range of wines made from handpicked fruit from their estate vineyards. They are highly expressive wines, true to the regional characteristics of the Yarra Valley. 

The Giant Steps wines have received global acclaim and are now recognized as a global benchmark for cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Since 2003 Giant Steps wines have been awarded 34 trophies and over 100 gold medals at major international and domestic wine shows and has been named one of the Top 100 Wineries in the World by US Wine & Spirits Magazine for each of the last six years.

Giant Step's success is due in no small part to Steve Flamsteed, Chief Winemaker since 2003. Steve had previously worked for Leeuwin Estate (1999 – 2002) and the Hardy Wine Company at their Yarra Burn Winery in the Yarra Valley (2002 – 2003). Steve was named Gourmet Traveller Wine 'Winemaker of the Year' in 2016. "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."  Peter Forrestal, chairman of judges, Gourmet Traveller Wine Winemaker of the Year

Melanie Chester joined Giant Steps as Head of Winemaking and Viticulture in 2021. She came to Giant Steps from Sutton Grange Winery in Central Victoria, where she was Head Winemaker. In 2014, Melanie became the youngest ever scholar selected for The Len Evans Tutorial. In 2015, she was named Young Winemaker of the Year by Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine, and in 2018, Melanie was recognized by Young Gun of Wine as the People's Choice award winner for favourite winemaker.

Giant Steps was acquired by the Jackson Family in 2020. The Jackson Family own a vast stable of wineries in California (Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Mendocino County, Monterey County, Santa Barbara and Oregon), Australia (Yarra Valley and McLaren Vale), Chile, France, Italy and South Africa.

Wine region map of Victoria

Victoria

Victoria is home to more than 800 wineries across 21 wine regions. The regions are Alpine Valley, Beechworth, Bendigo, Geelong, Gippsland, Glenrowan, Goulburn Valley, Grampians, Heathcote, Henty, King Valley, Macedon Ranges, Mornington Peninsula, Murray Darling, Pyrenees, Rutherglen, Strathbogie Ranges, Sunbury, Swan Hill, Upper Goulburn and Yarra Valley.

Victoria's first vines were planted at Yering in the Yarra Valley in 1838. By 1868 over 3,000 acres had been planted in Victoria, establishing Victoria as the premier wine State of the day. Today, the original vineyards planted at Best's Wines are among the oldest and rarest pre-phylloxera plantings in the world.

Victoria's climate varies from hot and dry in the north to cool in the south and each wine region specialises in different varietals. For example, Rutherglen in the north is famous for its opulent Muscats and Topaque and bold reds, while the many cooler climate regions near Melbourne produce world class Chardonnay and pinot Noir. Victoria is truly a wine lover's playground.