Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
Chardonnay from Yarra Valley, Australia
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 12.8%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
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.
"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."
Australian Wine Companion
"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."
International Wine Cellar
"Feels light and exuberant, then gets serious, with spicy, savory notes weaving through the pear and passion fruit flavors, lingering gracefully."
"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.
The Wine Advocate
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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.
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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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White Wine's Queen Bee
Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different
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its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy,
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