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Yarra Valley based vigneron, Phil Sexton lives with his family in the middle of their 80 acre vineyard established on the high north face of the Warramate Ranges in the dress circle of the Yarra Valley. Specialising in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Giant Steps explore site, micro climatic and clonal differences between several specialized vineyards in the Yarra Valley including their own multi-clonal vineyard and the highly regarded Tarraford vineyard. Focused intently upon reflecting the individual and unique characteristics of each single vineyard, Giant Steps adopts a minimalist approach to winemaking including, whenever possible, vinification using indigenous yeasts and gravity flow transfers.

Applejack Vineyard was planted by highly respected viticulturist Ray Guerin and is managed by his son Mark. This vineyard is situated in the Upper Yarra Valley to the south east of the traditional ‘valley floor’. The higher altitudes result in cooler growing conditions, despite the westerly aspect. The distinctive dark-red volcanic loam soil is a distinguishing feature of the vineyard. Applejack Vineyard is located on a dramatic slope and is close planted and meticulously managed.

Bright, deep and clear crimson; the bouquet is very fragrant, the palate brimming with plum and red and black cherry fruit, yet retains a fluid grace. A worthy successor to the acclaimed trophy-winning '12. Drink by: 2023; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star & Top 100 Wines of 2014; James Halliday

Rating: 95 Points; Tyson Stelzer

Deepish red/purple colour, bright. Fresh, clean plummy aromas laced with a subtle touch of oak. The palate is rich and textural, with a good balance of savoury and fruity elements. Quite deep and fleshy, with fruit sweetness hiding behind ample tannins and lots of flavour depth. Lovely perfume. More delicate than the Sexton vineyard. A very good wine indeed. Drink 2014 to 2019; Rating: 95 Points; Huon Hooke


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