Top 20 Wines of 2017 – Decanter Magazine
The new year at Giant Steps has started off with a bang, with the announcement that the 2016 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay has been named as one of Decanter magazine’s Top 20 Wines of 2017 – the only Australian wine on the list. Decanter (UK) is one of the world’s most respected wine publications and alongside their recognition as one of the Top 100 wineries of the world in Wine & Spirits Magazine (US), Giant Steps is starring on the international stage.
Natural winemaking philosophy, while making quality the priority. Minimal intervention in the vineyard and 100% hand-picked. Indigenous fermentation in 500L French puncheons. Batonage for the first two months, then just topped. No malolactic fermentation. 10 months in new and used French oak – 20% new, 80% older. Bottled by gravity, no filtration at bottling.
“This is as typical of the Lower Yarra Valley as Lusatia Park is of the Upper Yarra. But it has a particular flavour and texture on the back-palate and finish, with a faint honeysuckle/cashew note; on retasting (several times) grapefruit also struck a blow.” – 95 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday
“”This is fresh and cool on the nose, with a peachy, restrained expression on the palate, adding complexity and length. The acid finish gives an added dimension.” Decanter Magazine – Top 20 Wines of 2017