Our pick of the Chardonnay showing in this year’s release. My note from the tasting starts: “a serious showing here.” It has depth, volume and expanse but maintains direction. A touch riper (relatively) than the Tarraford with hints of white peach and nectarine. Plenty of concentration and power and the most immediately impressive wine of the release. – Ches Cook, FWC.
A little more volume than the other 2019 Giant Steps single vineyard releases, Sexton pushes ripe citrus, green apple, nuttiness and a Parisian almond/marzipan character. It’s flinty too, minerals don’t escape, but the main gist is a wine of quiet power, depth, concentration and drive. Exceptional length, the finish is a starburst of flavour, then chalky and puckering. It opens up beautifully, indeed needs some time to reveal more and more, so you get a complex wine with incredible detail going on. Long term fans of the Giant Steps chardonnay world will recognise the pedigree here. It has it all. Drink : 2020 – 2032. 96 Points – Mike Bennie, The Wine Front.