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Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay

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Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay

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Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
Plenty of yellow stone fruits and pithy citrus on offer here, complex and sturdy, grilled nuts and oak spice too. The palate has density and weight, peach flavour rolls through with subtly, toasty oak flavour nicely integrated; grips and tightens, with a peach skin finish.
Good Wine Guide 2013
94
Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
Elegant and subtle aromas heralds rich roundness and length of ripe creamy fruit sweetness and tighter acid drive on the finish than the Sexton.
Rob Geddes MW
92
Campbell Mattinson (2010 Vintage) says
Looks like we’re on a chardonnay roll. Giant Steps Tarraford Chardonnay is a proven performer. This wine is in terrific form. Ever so stylish and ever so lengthy. Lots of struck match and yeast/lees-like aroma/flavour. Strong push of grapefruit and lemon curd as the wine sweeps through your mouth. Toasty/slatey bite to the finish. Stylish, structural, and cellarworthy.
The Wine Front, 2011 2011
94
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
The Tarraford Vineyard chardonnay is a textbook Yarra Valley effort, with composed white stone fruits and lemon citrus, nicely delivered complexity adds spice, bread and grilled nuts to the nose. The palate has an airy freshness, with good concentration of plenty of bright, crisp stone-fruit flavour. Great shape and good balance - smooth, fleshy and even.
Sydney Morning Herald, 2011 2011
94
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
One of a series of individual vineyard wines carefully scultped by winemaker Steve Flamsteed. Light straw-green; the Tarraford Vineyard has some of the oldest chardonnay in the valley, reflected in the intensity and structure of this wine; has the depth of fruit that can be obtained at 13%, pointing the way for the future; here the grapefruit, nectarine and melon skin flavours are prominent, the oak a means to an end.
Top 100 Australian Wines 2011
96
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Supple and stylish, with a fresh, complex, but essentially fruit-driven bouquet of melon, grapefruit and white peach scented with white flowers, integrated with nutty, creamy and bacony complexity and backed by a hint of wheatmeal. It's smooth, gentle and seamless, with a restrained fruitfulness, a pleasing length of stonefruit, citrus and melon flavours before a lively, gentle and finely integrated finish of lemony acids.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
93
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Made in a minimalist, hands-off fashion that is not natural winemaking; here there is relentless attention to detail, every decision carefully considered. Wild yeast, barrel fermentation with controlled oak inputs, but a little funk encouraged with cloudy juice. A perfectly balanced and complex wine is the result.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
94
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Elegant and subtle aromas heralds rich roundness and length of ripe creamy fruit sweetness and tighter acid drive on the finish than the Sexton.
Rob Geddes MW
92
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright green-gold; a complex, multifaceted bouquet with fused French oak and fruit leads into an intense and very long palate, nectarine and grapefruit the drivers, perfect acidity on the finish. A long life ahead. Trophy Best Single Vineyard Wine Melbourne Wine Show '09, gold medal Sydney Wine Show '10.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
96
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Faint yeasty complexity, the Tarraford Vineyard makes a straightforward stone fruit impression with gently added winemaking complexity, some fresh cashew and honey. The palate is fine, just a little stunted, ripe simple tropical and stone fruits, honey and nougat to close. Good result in a horror season.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
91
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A quite shy and subdued bouquet, the palate definition is the strength of this wine; plenty of toasty oak with nectarines and pear flesh and lively acidity providing outstanding length and harmony
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
At once elegant, complex and silkily powerful; sophisticated barrel ferment and maturation; melon, nectarine and a touch of citrus.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Spotlessly clean, elegant and fresh; flavours of melon, stone fruit and grapefruit are backed by harmonious oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
93
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Elegant and subtle smoky oak heralds great, length, fruit sweetness and tighter acid drive on the palate than the Sexton.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
92

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