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2011 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay

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Chardonnay Yarra Valley, Australia Soft Medium-Bodied White
Bright lemon and apple fruit flavors are backed with hints of toast and a stony texture.
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Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay

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A cliché in the wine world is that it takes a lot of beer to make great wine. Phil Sexton, the founder of Giant Steps, fashioned a career of making both. After completing a degree in brewing and fermentation sciences, Sexton began Little Creatures Brewing and Devil’s Lair winery, both in Western Australia. Selling those successful ventures gave him the capital necessary to found Giant Steps in the late 1990s after moving across the country to the Yarra Valley, just outside of Melbourne. Named for the seminal 1960 jazz album by John Coltrane, Giant Steps is itself an artful and ambitious project. Grapes are harvested from estate, leased and long-term-contracted vineyards to produce single-vineyard wines meant to express the distinctive terroir of the site and the region. The grapes of Burgundy— Chardonnay and Pinot Noir—are the main focus. The Yarra Valley’s moderate climate makes it one of Australia’s most important wine regions, with a reputation for producing European-style wines.
Sense
The bouquet suggests apple, lemon balm and toast aromas with minerally undercurrents.
Savor
Bright lemon and apple fruit flavors are backed with hints of toast and a stony texture.
Serve
Serve the Giant Steps Chardonnay with luxurious mild-flavored dishes based on shellfish, flaky white fish or poultry. Rich starches like egg pasta, Arborio rice or puff pastry will also work well. Complement the dish with earthy, silky ingredients like mushrooms, truffles, cheese, eggs, butter and cream; fresh herbs, mild vegetables and citrus zest will make lovely counterpoints. For matches, try the recipes for Halibut Steaks with Citrus, Watercress and Black Olives and Chicken Piccata at williams-sonoma.com.
Serving Instructions
Serve chilled: refrigerate the bottle for 30 minutes before serving.
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