Giant Steps has forged a reputation for delivering some of Australia’s most consistent, over-performing, varietal wines. Which is why there is no surprise when we say that the Chardonnay 2020, is a great vintage to enjoy on any occasion.
A selected parcel of fruit from each of our 5 single vineyard sites was whole bunch pressed straight to 675 Litre open top Clay “Egg” vessels. Indigenous yeast fermentation.
No stirring, the lids were sealed with clay at the completion of fermentation.
Light to medium weight in body the freshly fruited palate has flavours of fleshy peaches and nectarines which meld into green apple, lime, subtle fresh herb characters and a touch of stony minerality. Finish with an elegant medium length aftertaste.
JANE FAULKNER 96 Points
Fruit from 5 single vineyards with each parcel whole-bunch pressed to 675L clay egg-shaped fermentation/aging pots. The lids are sealed with clay so there’s no lees stirring. Fermented with wild yeast and 2 lots went through spontaneous mlf. It’s quite astonishing how these vessels shape the feel and taste of the final blend. This chardonnay is tight, linear and superfine with its acid profile. Yet it has plenty of flavour with hints of citrus, lemon salts and a smidge of creamed honey. It’s refreshing and pulsating with energy. A super drink.
hallidaywinecompanion.com.au, 3 November, 2021
MIKE BENNIE 95 Points
Convincing, outstanding wine of strength and sublime texture. Slightly wild, a super saline minerally core, green apple, faintest fino notes, plenty of detail and complexity here with striking drinkability in tow. Impressive length, clean lines, great character. A katana thrust. Chardonnay done fancy, but cool. The Wine Front, 13 July, 2021
HUON HOOKE 94 Points
Buttery Burgundian complexity sets this apart from the other 2020 Giant Steps chardonnays. It's rich and remarkably complex for an unoaked wine. Ageing in clay 'egg' vessels provided some similar effects to a wood-matured effect. A more up-front, generous style and a quite remarkable wine. The Real Review, 16 June, 2021