Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay 2010

Chardonnay from Yarra Valley, Australia

Item No. 118466
  • white wine
  • screw cap wine
  • JH95
  • JS94
  • ST92
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

The nose offers aromas of fresh cream, white peaches, river stones, spearmint, curry leaf, and muesli. The palate is long and lush with beautiful chalkiness. Alongside a backbone of crisp and punchy acidity are notes of Granny Smith apple skins, green mango, and shortbread.

Critical Acclaim

"Light straw-green; the Sexton Vineyard is estate-owned, planted on the slopes of the Warramate Hills (also known as Steels Range) with a northern aspect. It is a wine of intensity and complexity, the flavours rising in steps rather like the topography of the vineyard, each sip revealing a new flavour sensation."
95 Points

"Natural yeast-driven aromas of curd, truffle and hazelnut. Mid-weighted and expansive, with a pliant texture. Sophisticated cool climate expression."
94 Points

"Pale yellow. Complex, intensely perfumed bouquet displays mineral-accented citrus and pear, with a strong iodine note and mounting spiciness. Juicy and light on its feet, offering energetic lime and orange flavors underscored by smoky minerality. Dry and focused, with excellent finishing clarity and persistence."
92 Points

"Spicy, elegant and complex, this is refreshing for its pear, pineapple and citrus flavors, hinting at nutmeg as this finishes with refinement."
91 Points

"Coming from a single vineyard planted in 1997, the 2010 Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay received no malo-lactic, was fermented with wild yeast in barrel and matured 11 months in new (25%) and older French oak barriques. It offers pronounced aromas of ripe apricots and white peaches over green mango, oatmeal and honeyed toast. Medium bodied, it has a good concentration of stone fruit and toasty oak flavors with crisp acid and a long creamy finish."
91 Points

"Phil Sexton planted this vineyard on a north-facing slope in the Warramate hills, near Yarra Yering. He grew an elegant Chardonnay there in 2010, a cool, solid-infected wine with leesiness delivered through the spice, smoke and hazelnut tones of oak. The wine's fine acidity keeps it lifted and bright. For a heritage pork chop or other light, gamey white meats."
90 Points

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Giant Steps is owned and operated by a small team - Phil, Allison and Harry Sexton. Their story starts 1600 miles and 23 years ago when Phil established the Devils Lair vineyard in Margaret River. He was joined there in 1990 by Allison, an American biochemist. Five years later, their son Harry was born. While they loved the wines they were producing, they dreamed of creating a...

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Learn About Yarra Valley

A short drive from Melbourne, Yarra Valley is the oldest and most successful of Victoria's wine growing regions. The cool climate of the area makes it suitable for the popular varieties of Pinot Noir & Chardonnay. Shiraz is also grown here and produces elegant and restrained wines, showing a different side to Australian wine. Notable Facts Producers of the Yarra Valley have hit...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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