Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay 2019

Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay 2019

Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay 2019

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Winemaking and Drinking

Giant Steps, a renowned winery situated in the Yarra Valley of Victoria, and has established itself as a beacon of quality in the world of wine. The 2019 Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay exemplifies the winery’s dedication to crafting wines that express the unique terroir of their vineyards. Founded by Phil Sexton, Giant Steps has consistently produced wines that are both innovative and reflective of the region’s rich viticultural history. The 2019 vintage is a testament to this commitment, drawing from the exceptional conditions of the Sexton Vineyard.

Origins and Vineyard

The Sexton Vineyard, located on the steep slopes of the Warramate Ranges, is a site of remarkable diversity. With an elevation of 130 to 210 meters and a mix of clay and gravelly loam soils, the vineyard benefits from a unique microclimate. The combination of cool nights and warm days, coupled with meticulous vineyard management, results in grapes that are vibrant and full of character. The 2019 vintage experienced optimal growing conditions, with a cool and dry spring followed by a warm summer, allowing for a gradual ripening process that enhanced the complexity of the fruit.

Winemaking Philosophy

Giant Steps employs a hands off approach in the winery, allowing the vineyard to speak through the wine. The Chardonnay grapes were handpicked and whole bunch pressed to maintain purity and freshness. Fermentation occurred naturally with wild yeasts in French oak barrels (20% new), adding subtle oak influence without overpowering the fruit. The wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation, which balanced acidity with a creamy texture, and was aged on lees for ten months to enhance mouthfeel and complexity.

Tasting Notes

The Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay 2019 is a vibrant and expressive wine. In the glass, it presents a pale straw color with green hues. The nose is an aromatic bouquet of citrus blossom, white peach, and nectarine, interwoven with hints of flinty minerality and subtle oak spice. On the palate, the wine is elegantly structured with a bright, zesty acidity that balances the rich flavors of stone fruit, lemon curd, and a touch of honey. The texture is creamy yet precise, with a lingering finish that showcases a harmonious blend of fruit, minerality, and gentle oak influence.

Awards and Recognition

The 2019 Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay has garnered acclaim both domestically and internationally. It was awarded a gold medal at the 2020 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, where judges praised its balance and complexity. Additionally, it received 95 points from James Halliday’s Wine Companion, with Halliday highlighting its "tension and length." Internationally, the wine was celebrated at the Decanter World Wine Awards, earning a platinum medal and further solidifying Giant Steps' reputation for excellence.

The Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay 2019 is a stunning example of Yarra Valley winemaking at its finest. With its origins deeply rooted in the exceptional terroir of the Sexton Vineyard, this wine reflects the meticulous care and passion of the Giant Steps team. Its combination of vibrant fruit, elegant structure, and well integrated oak has not only delighted consumers but has also earned it prestigious accolades on the world stage. As such, it stands as a shining testament to the potential of Australian Chardonnay and the enduring legacy of Giant Steps.

Wine TypeWhite wine
ProducerGiant Steps
RegionYarra Valley
Volume750 mL