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Giant Steps - Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: Victoria
  • Wine Maker: Steve Flamsteed
  • Grape: Chardonnay
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Chardonnay
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 90 (2017) WS: 92 (2017) JS: 94 (2017) JH: 95 (2016) WF: 94 (2017)

Wine tasting notes

An elegant, refined and delicate Chardonnay that is also surprisingly voluptuous. The nose shows classic Yarra characters of lemon sorbet, white peach and nectarine underpinned with notes of marzipan and hazelnut. Crisp acidity on the back palate ensures a refreshing, clean finish.

Winery Information

Giant Steps

While the Innocent Bystander wines are made from grapes grown across the Yarra, the Giant Steps wines are produced exclusively from single vineyard sites. Grapes are selected from estate-owned and leased vineyards, as well as from long-term contracted growers. Head winemaker Steve Flamsteed and his team are making some of the best wines in Australia from these sites. Their aim is to express in each wine the character of the site, grape and vintage, and this they achieve by meticulous work in.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2017)90 pts

Blended from the winery's estate vineyards, the 2017 Chardonnay is a terrific reflection of the winemaking style here, showing positive hints of struck match, subtle toasted grain and butter notes, plus pear and melon aromas. It's medium-bodied and crisp, with a silky texture and expanding citrusy notes that take over on the long finish. Drink it over the next few years.

Wine Spectator (2017)92 pts

Complex, starting with a core of crisp Meyer lemon and grapefruit zest flavors, and hitting its stride on the finish, where delicate details of lanolin, green tea and peppery white flowers emerge, lingering effortlessly on the weightless frame. Drink now through 2023.

James Suckling (2017)94 pts

Simply put, this is one of the best value Australian chardonnays being made. It has a magic marriage of well-judged complexity with grapefruit, peaches, lemons and nectarines wrapped in a gun flinty and hazelnutty shroud of complexity. The palate merges pastry-like smoothness and concentration with electrifying acid freshness. Drink now.

James Halliday (2016)95 pts

This is as typical of the Lower Yarra Valley as Lusatia Park is of the Upper Yarra. But it has a particular flavour and texture on the back-palate and finish, with a faint honeysuckle/cashew note; on retasting (several times) grapefruit also struck a blow

Wine Front (2017)94 pts

I can feel a bit of a buzz already around 2017 Yarra Valley whites. Some wines make you wonder for a while, but no such qualms here: the quality was clear from the first sip. It’s the way it travels through the mouth that’s most impressive, it sizzles a little, bursts with some grapefruit, has a softening gloss of almond, and maybe some white peach and pear, a minor amount of struck match, and the finish is long, clean, and flavoursome. It’s a wine that will please and delight all comers.

Vinification Notes

Natural winemaking philosophy, while making quality the priority. Minimal intervention in the vineyard and 100% hand-picked. Fermented in 500L puncheons (20% new, 80% older) using indigenous yeasts. Batonage for the first two months, then just topped. 30% malolactic fermentation. Seven months in new and used French oak - 20% new, 80% older. Bottled by gravity, no filtration at bottling.