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Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay 2021


The Sexton vineyard tends to make the most “waxy” textured of all the single vineyards. Indeed, the softest and most approachable from a young age, reminiscent of the Maconnais, rather than the Cote d’Or. However in 2021, we see a reversal, and I think it is a decisive stylistic step. Rich and full bodied, chewy and deep, this has the most presence of the 3 chardonnays we have. Coiled and tight, flinty, smokey, burnt butter and wood spice. Citrus and stone fruits, jasmine and minerals, elemental and primal. Massive acids drive the wine, dramatically I find, to a scintillating crescendo. A grand vinous experience and a giant step for this producer. Waters Wine Co
Made mainly from WA’s Gingin clone and planted in Gruyere on the same grey clay as Applejack. Whole bunches pressed into French puncheons with 20% new oak. Smells tightly wound and concentrated with aromas of ripe peach and nectarine, together with just a hint of lanolin and apple custard. Equally powerful and punchy on the palate. This has more of everything, including sprightly acid and some phenolic grip on the very long, stone-fruit pithy finish. Today, this is my pick of the 4 single-vineyard 2021 chardonnays, but who knows what will come out on top in 5 or even 10 years from now! 97 Points – Philip Rich. Halliday Wine Companion


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