2020 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay


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Has some generosity, depth, glide and zest. A plucky, perky chardonnay full of tension in fresh-feeling and getting-ripe stone fruit characters, light mealy notes, licks of talc and faint pumice-like texture. Light on its feet but not without depth, layers of fruit, cinnamon spice, faint yeasty-sourdough savouriness. Feels pretty darn good.
Mike Bennie
The Brief
Why's this wine for you?
Located in a protected valley, Tarraford Vineyard has a discreet microclimate, that is cooler than neighbouring sites. A diversity of aspect and clone provides multifaceted winemaking opportunities. Although located in a warmer part of the valley, the site produces Chardonnay with high natural acids (and low pH) expressing itself through its characteristically long palate, fine tight structure and a zesty lemon/grapefruit finish.
How's it taste?
A plucky, perky chardonnay full of tension in fresh-feeling and getting-ripe stone fruit characters, light mealy notes, licks of talc and faint pumice-like texture. Light on its feet but not without depth, layers of fruit, cinnamon spice, faint yeasty-sourdough savouriness.
How was it made?
100% hand picked.Whole bunch pressed very gently with an early “cut” due to the unusually high phenolics.The was juice then transferred straight to barrel by gravity with no settling.Indigenous fermentation in 500L French puncheons.No batonage.No malolactic fermentation.Maturation for 10 months in new and used French oak – 20% new, 80% older, Taransaud and D&J.
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93 Points
Mike Bennie
Has some generosity, depth, glide and zest. A plucky, perky chardonnay full of tension in fresh-feeling and getting-ripe stone fruit characters, light mealy notes, licks of talc and faint pumice-like texture. Light on its feet but not without depth, layers of fruit, cinnamon spice, faint yeasty-sourdough savouriness. Feels pretty darn good.
Expert Review
Expert Review
92 Points
Huon Hooke - The Real Review
A soft, delicate, restrained wine with aromas of white flowers and a whiff of almond meal. Cashew-nutty too. A more straightforward style and a trifle short on the finish compared to other vineyards. It's remarkably backward and restrained considering it’s the lowest altitude vineyard and earliest harvested. (100m altitude, south-facing)
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