Here is very successful library selection of vineyard designated Giant Steps’ Chardonnay from its Tarraford estate in the Tarrawarra township of the Yarra Valley of Victoria Australia. 8.5 hectares planted in 1988 on gray clay loam at 100-140 meters with a north by south-eastern amphitheater-like exposure, this is one of the coolest and finest sites for Chardonnay in the region. Farming is biodynamic.
100% Chardonnay. Hand-picked. Whole bunch pressed very gently with an early “cut” due to the unusually high phenolics. The was juice then transferred straight to barrel by gravity with no settling. Indigenous fermentation in 500L French puncheons. No batonage. No malolactic fermentation. Maturation for 10 months in new and used French oak – 20% new, 80% older, Taransaud and D&J.
“Stylish and memorable, with a touch of salted caramel adding a rich, savory edge, yet the core is pure and juicy, featuring lively Meyer lemon, Asian pear and lime sherbet flavors that show wonderful transparency and intensity, followed by candied ginger notes on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 530 cases made, 200 cases imported.” 94 points, Wine Spectator (August 31, 2021) — MW