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Giant Steps Wombat Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2021


As cool as this vineyard is, there’s an extra dimension of textural chew, weight and detail, defying the high elevation. Intense aromatics, Riesling-like in their precocious vividness. Red apple, lemon, preserved lime, yellow peach, nectarine, lime blossom, flint, cashew, subtle spice and preserved vine leaves. Shocking power, naked, raw and refined. Pristine and pure fruit, the interplay and weave of flavour and texture is awesome. Slightly chewier, deeper and with more flesh than the Applejack, this is certainly a regionally defining wine and emblematic of the Giant Steps style. Waters Wine Co

Not only is Wombat Creek the vineyard with the highest elevation in the collection (100 meters up the hill from Applejack, circa 400 meters elevation), it is also the most southerly. Planted to the I10V1 clone, this is an interesting (understatement) pigeon pair to the Applejack, in that it boasts the same clone and the same winemaking yet is a higher, cooler site on red dirt instead of gray clay. Fruit for the 2021 Wombat Creek Vineyard Chardonnay was picked a full 10 days after Applejack, “and it was just a matter of waiting until the fruit was ready,” says Steve Flamsteed (a.k.a. Flamo). “We had no rain events or botrytis stress at all.” Approximately half of the wine went through malolactic fermentation. “By the time we got around to picking it, some of the malic acid had respired,” Flamo explains. And it goes a long way toward softening the wine, lending it a nutty, savory character. Pork crackling comes to mind, and in combination with the white orchard fruit and taut saline acidity, it gives the wine an extra dimension of complexity and interest. I think this wine needs some time to unfurl and evolve—I’d love to see it again in a year’s time. 94+ points, Erin Larkin

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