2013 Giant Steps Tarraford Chardonnay
Yarra Valley, Victoria Australia
93 ST; 92 WA
$40.49 as part of a mixed case.
6+ bottles available.
"Aromas 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 fruit was hand picked and bunch pressed to tank. Juice transferred to barrel after eight hours settling. 100% indigenous fermentation, in barrel at 65 - 75F. Time in oak - 9 months. Lees stirred twice only, between May and August. No malolactic fermentation. Transferred to tank in January for a light chill and coarse filtration before bottling. 13% alc."
"93 pts ... Pale gold. Highly perfumed aromas of fresh orchard fruits, tangerine, white flowers and smoky minerals are complemented by a deeper hint of toasty lees. From a relatively warm vineyard but shows plenty of energy, offering juicy pear and citrus fruit flavors and a touch of shiso leaf. Finishes nervy and long, with resonating spiciness and excellent focus."
"92 pts ... Lovely lemon curd, white peach and mandarin-peel notes open on the nose of the 2013 Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay with nuances of flint, ginger and cedar. Medium-bodied, it fills the palate with lively citrus and stone fruit flavors supported by a crisp spine of acid before finishing long and minerally."
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