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Why do we love this wine?

I’m sure you know by now that we’re fans of Giant Steps. 2017 appears to have been a giant leap for this brand. Steve Flamsteed and his team have quietly ramped up followership over the past few years, by delivering consistent improvements on already very good wines, and refining their focus. It’s Yarra Valley, pinot and chardonnay, and some shiraz (from Yarra, the Vale and Pyrenees), in that order. 

Profile

Grapefruit
Nutty
Savoury
Medium-bodied
Textured
Ethereal

Go to the cellar door, look at the winery. Study it. There are open stainless fermenters, stainless tanks, a bladder press or two, and barriques. It’s not complicated. Gravity is used whenever possible, pumps (the gentle, peristaltic ones) are used sparingly. Everything’s meticulously clean, even mid-vintage. The care is self-evident. Screams of OCD, and between Phil and Steve, I don’t think there’s much room for error. 

Limiting such variables creates the perfect conditions for wine to flourish, to become the greatest version of itself, under watchful, thoughtful eyes. Such as this chardonnay. This is the first time that the Applejack chardonnay has been pulled out of the Estate as a single vineyard wine, and we’re glad for that decision.

At the Tasting Bench, anyone who tasted this had that kind of sheepish look that said ‘I get paid to do this’. “Lemon meringue pie”, “vibrant” and “textured” were some of the phrases thrown about. It’s citrus-apple core is matched to such a long, layered, subtly oatmealy fabric that it’s almost ludicrous. It’s like sampling the flavour of someone adeptly walking a tightrope stretched between two cloudy horizons. As in, it goes on a long time. And you don’t want it to stop. Sadly, it does eventually - joyfully, that means you need to take another sip.

Awards

95+pts Mike Bennie
5 red star winery
Single vineyard

We’re just waiting for the genie who made that packet of never-ending TimTams to show up now.

Wine Nerd Stuff
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Specs

Region
Yarra Valley
Vintage
2017
Cellaring
2023
Preservatives
Sulphites
Alcohol by Vol.
13.0%
Closure
Screwcap
Bottle Vol
750mL
Blend Info
100% Chardonnay
Serving Temp.
10.0°C

Region

Yarra Valley
Food Union
The rules are there ain’t no rules, but here are some foods we think will work pretty well with this wine...

Goes with

Blue Cheese
Chicken
Fish