Region: Yarra Valley VIC
Style: Luscious, Smooth
Vineyard owner and winemaker Phil Sexton is a pioneer of both the winemaking & beer brewing industries. This ‘Sexton’ Vineyard range showcases the amazing terroir of the Yarra Valley.
“All of these Giant Steps Chardonnays are far from sterile or safe. There’s ample character, significant lees work and lots of spice in every one of them. The Sexton this year seems to be a bit more cerebral than previous releases.
Savoury smoky, struck match characters are front and centre but the primary fruit, which chief winemaker Steve Flamsteed believes to be a feature of the vintage, handles those sulphide-like features with aplomb. White stonefruits, apricot, lime and hard cheese all play a role with lemon curd and a fine but driving grapefruit spine providing the foundation. Oatmeal and brazil nuts become more apparent as it opens up. Extremely complex and a little unexpected…but in a delightful way.”
Jeremy Pringle – winewilleatitself.com
James Halliday 5 Star Winery, 2014 Australian Wine Companion
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