In a nutshell: A subtle and refined Yarra valley Chardonnay from Victoria in Australia.
The lowdown: This wine is a blend from various of Giant Step's vineyards and is aimed to make a wine properly expressive of the regional characterisitics of the Yarra Valley. An elegant wine and while fermentation and ten months of aging takes place in oak the influence of this doesn't overpower the mellow fruit flavours of peach and nectarine. The crisp acidity ensures it finishes in a clean and refreshing manner.
When to drink: Pair with steamed or grilled fish, or try with a creamy risotto.
Giant Steps was founded by Phil Sexton in 1997. It has since forged a reputation for making some of the Yarra Valleys most consistently exciting wines from estate-owned vineyards. The Giant Steps Single Vineyard wines are produced from their best vineyard sites in great years. Head winemaker Steve Flamsteed and his team aim to express the character of the vineyard, grape and vintage in each wine. They achieve this through meticulous work in the vineyard and minimum intervention in the winery. Giant Steps was acquired by California's Jackson Family Wine Estates in 2020. According to Phil Sexton, this partnership brings us the relationships and careful resources of a great wine family who are committed to vineyards, sustainability and faithful expression of site.