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GI­ANT STEPS YARRA VAL­LEY CHARDONNAY 2016

A touch bet­ter than their classy 2015 chard, ripe stone fruits, some baked ap­ple notes with hon­ey­comb crum­ble. Cit­rus zest, some grape­fruit and peach and green ap­ple on the tongue, with just the light­est touches of toasty oat­meal and nutty oak, it’s been han­dled ex­tremely well. $35

GI­ANT STEPS YARRA VAL­LEY PINOT NOIR 2016

At $35, I would be ex­pect­ing a lot, and it de­liv­ers in spades. Dry herbs, rain­for­est floor, some crushed dry leafy notes and a touch of beet­root leaf on the nose. Some bright, crisp cherry notes on the tongue, fol­lowed through with dry herbs and some spicy bram­bly notes.

GI­ANT STEPS LUSATIA PARK VINE­YARD CHARDONNAY 2016

Prob­a­bly not as good as their 2015 vin­tage, but I think this will evolve a lot in the bot­tle. There’s white peach and nec­tarine, crunchy pear and a touch of my old Nanna’s honey and spice oat­meal bis­cuits. $45

GI­ANT STEPS SEX­TON VINE­YARD CHARDONNAY 2016

A re­served and un­der­stated wine, it’s quite flo­ral and pretty on the nose, touches of ap­ple, cit­rus blos­soms and nec­tarine, which fol­low through on to the tongue with a touch of flint, and a cashew nut creami­ness to it, su­per easy drink­ing, lin­ger­ing fin­ish. Amaz­ing how quick the glass emp­ties. $45

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