Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
Chardonnay from Yarra Valley, Australia
The 2011 Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay is scented of orange blossom, pineapple and passion fruit with underlying suggestions of baker's yeast, butterscotch and a pleasant lift of lemon zest. Light to medium-bodied, it is well poised in the mouth with a touch of creamy texture and refreshing acidity supporting the citrus and tropical flavors, finishing long.
Australian Wine Companion - "Bright yellow-green; distinguished by its finely detailed structure and length, the fruit expression restrained but unequivocally varietal. Oak has its place in all three '11 Giant Steps Chardonnays, contributing more to texture than structure."
International Wine Cellar - "Green-tinged yellow. Pear, candied ginger, licorice and lemon zest on the perfumed, high-pitched nose. Intensely spicy and focused on the palate, offering an array of orchard and citrus fruit flavors that show very good depth. The ginger and licorice notes linger on a long, smoky and refreshingly tangy finish."
Wine Spectator - "Feels light and exuberant, then gets serious, with spicy, savory notes weaving through the pear and passion fruit flavors, lingering gracefully."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2011 Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay is scented of orange blossom, pineapple and passion fruit with underlying suggestions of baker’s yeast, butterscotch and a pleasant lift of lemon zest. Light to medium-bodied, it is well poised in the mouth with a touch of creamy texture and refreshing acidity supporting the citrus and tropical flavors, finishing long.
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Giant Steps Winery
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 small, specialized cool climate vineyard together, as a family, from scratch. In 1997, they sold Devils Lair and crossed Australia to a dream site on the slopes of Victoria's Yarra Valley, alongside benchmark cool climate vineyards they had long admired.
Great wine is made in the vineyard. At its best, it is like a fingerprint, inextricably linking the personality and mood of the land from which it has sprung. The Sextons feel their role as winemakers is to express the true character of the fruit, shepherding it through the winemaking process with minimum intervention. They seek to grow fruit and make wine that is less overt and obvious than is encouraged in Australia. They look for structure and length rather than breadth, finesse rather than largesse and above all, fruit rather than artifact. All work is done by hand, and they strive to grow the best fruit possible, whatever the cost.
About Yarra ValleyView a map of Yarra Valley wineries
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 FactsProducers of the Yarra Valley have hit their stride when it comes to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Instead of striving to make wine like Burgundy or California, winemakers are crafting a Yarra Valley style, letting the grapes and the soil do the talking. Getting better each year, Yarra Valley is a region to watch.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Light & Crisp
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Fruity & Smooth
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