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Giant Steps Chardonnay Sexton Vineyard 2021

$74.95
13.50% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2021
  • WS 94
  • AWC 95
  • JS 92
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    Giant Steps Chardonnay Sexton Vineyard 2021 is a remarkable wine crafted in the Yarra Valley, Victoria. Phil Sexton, the winemaker, has created a wine that exemplifies the outstanding quality of the 2021 vintage. This vintage had a wet spring followed by a healthy amount of sunshine and well-timed rain in January. The overall temperature during the growing season was lower than average, leading to a long, slow ripening period. This resulted in a great concentration of flavors and natural acidity.

    The color of this Giant Steps Chardonnay 2021 is a vibrant green gold, a sign of its freshness and quality. Pour it into a glass to notice its bright and lively appearance.

    On the nose, this Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay smells like a basket of ripe stone fruits. You’ll pick up aromas of apricots and peaches, interlocked with hints of grapefruit pith and a touch of lemongrass. There’s also a subtle note of ginger that adds complexity to the bouquet.

    When you taste this Giant wine, the flavors of orange sherbet, lemon curd, and ruby grapefruit come to the forefront. These flavors are concentrated and vibrant, making each sip a delightful experience. The palate is gently textured, balanced, and satisfying. It’s a serious wine that offers a juicy, apple-like acidity, which is complemented by a mineral, salty finish. The wine holds a certain power and punchiness, yet it remains streamlined and taut.

    The finish is long and persistent, with lingering notes of fresh-grated ginger, lemon thyme, and salted melon. This mouthwatering finish makes you want to take another sip, appreciating the wine’s complete and generous nature.

    The winemaking process involves hand-picking the Chardonnay grapes of Giant Steps Winery and chilling them overnight before whole bunch pressing the following morning. The juice is transferred into 500L French oak puncheons, with 15% new oak and 85% seasoned oak. The juice is naturally fermented using indigenous yeast over ten days, with lots of stirring at the end of the fermentation process. Around 10% of the batches undergo malolactic fermentation, contributing to the wine’s rich and textural palate. The wine is then sulphured and kept on lees in barrel until October, when it is blended and bottled.

    Giant Steps Chardonnay Sexton Vineyard 2021 has received high praise from critics. Wine Spectator awarded it 94 points, highlighting its incredible vibrancy and concentration of orange sherbet, lemon curd, and ruby grapefruit flavors. They noted the fresh-grated ginger, lemon thyme, and salted melon on the finish, recommending it to drink now.

    The Australian Wine Companion gave it 95 points, praising its super-bright green gold color and vibrant aromas of perfectly ripened stone fruits, grapefruit pith, and an attractive touch of lemongrass and ginger. They described it as a class act from beginning to end, with a gently textured, balanced, and satisfying palate.

    James Suckling rated it 92 points, describing it as a fleshy, textured Chardonnay with aromas of apricots, honeysuckle, nutmeg, toast, and persimmons. He mentioned its medium- to full-bodied nature with bright acidity, balanced and layered character, and hints of flint at the end. He also recommended drinking it now.

    This Giant Steps Chardonnay pairs beautifully with BBQ roasted prawns with citrus dressing, pan-seared John Dory fish with capers, and roasted asparagus with mustard vinaigrette and slivered almonds. Its vibrant flavors and balanced acidity complement these dishes, enhancing the overall dining experience. If you visit Australia, at Giant Steps Winery Restaurant, you can savor exquisite dishes perfectly paired with our vibrant Giant Steps Chardonnay Sexton Vineyard 2021, enhancing your dining experience with its rich, balanced flavors and lively finish.

    Giant Steps Chardonnay Sexton Vineyard 2021 is a terrific example of what the Yarra Valley can produce. Its vibrant color, complex aromas, and concentrated flavors make it a standout wine. Whether you’re enjoying it on its own or pairing it with food, this Chardonnay is sure to impress. Drink now to fully appreciate its bright, juicy character and persistent finish.

    14 reviews for Giant Steps Chardonnay Sexton Vineyard 2021

    1. Douglas Budde

      The Chardonnay from Giant Steps winery is an absolute delight. The citrus and cream notes really shine through, making it a perfect partner for a seafood dinner.

    2. John Russell

      The Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay is a wine that surprises. There’s a hint of tropical pineapple, balanced by the earthiness of straw and almond.

    3. Bertha Avery

      The Giant Steps Chardonnay is a love letter to the Yarra Valley. Its flavors of citrus and stone fruit are a testament to the quality of grapes in the region.

    4. Christine Hardee

      The Giant Steps Chardonnay Sexton Vineyard 2021 is a true revelation! The subtle hints of oak and butter create a harmonious blend that’s hard to resist.

    5. Darlene Stewart

      Sipping the Giant Steps Chardonnay is like biting into a fresh green apple. The additional notes of lime and pear heighten the experience.

    6. Yvonne Dobbs

      Giant Steps Chardonnay is a wine that keeps on giving. Each sip reveals a new flavor, from the tartness of grapefruit to the sweetness of vanilla.

    7. Sondra Taylor

      Giant Steps winery certainly knows their craft. The Giant Steps Chardonnay is a symphony of flavors, from creamy vanilla to crisp apple.

    8. Thelma Thomas

      The Yarra Valley is known for its exceptional wines, and the Giant Steps Chardonnay is no exception. The notes of white peach and nectarine are simply irresistible.

    9. Elizabeth Ireland

      Giant Steps Chardonnay Sexton Vineyard 2021 is a testament to their winemaking prowess. The blend of oak, butter, and citrus flavors is simply divine.

    10. Pedro Dyer

      Giant Steps Chardonnay Sexton Vineyard 2021 captured the essence of Yarra Valley. The peach and mineral flavors are a nod to the rich terroir of the region.

    11. Natalie Jackson

      The Giant Steps Chardonnay is a true gem from the Yarra Valley. Its creamy texture and notes of lemon and cream make it a winner in my book.

    12. Anna Keller

      The Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay is a standout. The powerful flavors of stone and flint make it a wine to remember.

    13. Richard Gloeckner

      The Giant Steps winery has outdone itself with this Chardonnay. The flavors of melon and honey make it a joy to savor.

    14. Ethel Hatfield

      Giant Steps Chardonnay Sexton Vineyard 2021 is a memorable wine. The hints of smoke and toast add a unique complexity to the palate.

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    Critical Acclaim

    WS 94
    Wine Spectator
    Stunning, with incredible vibrancy and concentration to the orange sherbet, lemon curd and ruby grapefruit flavors at the core. Features fresh-grated ginger, lemon thyme and salted melon on the finish. Drink now.
    AWC 95
    Australian Wine Companion
    Whole-bunched pressed into older French puncheons. Natural fermentation and zero mlf. A super-bright green gold. Vibrant aromas with perfectly ripened stone fruits, grapefruit pith and an attractive touch of lemongrass and ginger. Gently textured, balanced and satisfying. A class act from beginning to end.
    JS 92
    James Suckling
    A fleshy, textured chardonnay with aromas of apricots, honeysuckle, nutmeg, toast and persimmons. It’s medium- to full-bodied with bright acidity. Balanced, layered and very drinkable. Hints of flint at the end. Drink now. Screw cap.

    What does Giant Steps Chardonnay Sexton Vineyard 2021 taste like?


    Light
    Bold
    Dry
    Sweet
    Soft
    Acidic
    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    leather, earthy, mushroom

    Red Fruit flavors of the wine

    cherry, raspberry

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, vanilla, cedar

    apple, green apple, pear

    Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

    boysenberry

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    cinnamon, eucalyptus, savory

    Citrus notes found in the wine

    citrus, lemon, lemon zest

    cheese, cream, toasted bread

    Vegetal notes found in the wine

    grass, straw, hay

    dried apricot

    tropical, pineapple, mango

    Floral aromas found in the wine

    jasmine, orange blossom, honeysuckle

    Food Pairing with Giant Steps Chardonnay Sexton Vineyard 2021

    Our wine experts think this Buttery and Complex Giant Steps Chardonnay Sexton Vineyard 2021 wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!

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