Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay 2019


Usually my favourite Giant Steps Chardonnay, this year is no exception. Beautifully textured with some riper melon and peach notes but shows and enormous amount of restraint and finesse at the same time. 100% hand-picked whole bunch pressed natural yeast and ferment. No malolactic fermentation. Maturation for 10 months in new and used French oak – 20% new, 80% older. New oak was Taransaud and D&J.

“Identical vinification to its siblings, the intention to place all the emphasis on the site, including its micro-flora. A wine with substance and depth, and a (non-residual sugar) touch of fruit sweetness. I am confident that the individual personality of each sibling will express itself more and more over the next 2 years.”
– 95 points, James Halliday

95 points, James Suckling
95 points, Gary Walsh
91 points, Wine Spectator

$60 or 3 for $165