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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.

Significantly deeper colour than prior vintages, likewise depth of fruit; the bouquet and palate are driven by black and red cherry fruit of exceptional generosity but with an unusual touch of dark chocolate. Small wonder Giant Steps says this is its best vintage yet. Rating: 97 Points; James Halliday, Weekend Australian

What a killer line-up from Giant Steps in 2015. I simply can’t split them, if that was my task. Telltale signs of cool places and whole bunch ferment, whiffs of garrigue, bouquet garni, so let’s say dried hedges and dried mixed herbs, in Australian lingo. There’s dark cherry, a faint sniff of cola, fennel, pepper too. The palate is awash and ablaze, bright and lively, shows a flighty sheet of tannin that drapes across the mouth then starts to tug like a fist closing on silk. The finish is pulled tight with that fine tannin, caraway seed spice, light herbal notes. It’s beautiful, wonderful drinking, so gluggable, so complex in its nature and presentation, so much to enjoy. Alcohol : 13.5%; Price : $50; Drink : 2016 - 2030; Rating: 96 Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front

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