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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.

We’re all familiar with the produce of the Lusatia Park vineyard (now owned by De Bortoli). It was planted in 1985 and sits at 220 metres in the Hoddles Creek area of the valley. Here we have Lusatia Park Chardonnay at the hands of Giant Steps. This wine sings. It hooks you straight off. Yes it tastes of white peach, crunchy apple, pear and grapefruit, and there might even be spots of honey and pineapple. But the main impression is the way it draws you straight in and keeps you under its spell long after you’ve swallowed. It really quite something. Sweet bran and assorted flashes of spice are part and parcel of a sensational offering. As indeed are long lines of cleansing/mouthwatering acidity. Alcohol : 13%; Price : $45; Drink : 2017 - 2025; Rating: 96 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front

A great Upper Yarra vineyard now owned by De Bortoli. Lifted fruit blossom aromas with a wraith of barrel ferment; the palate is exquisitely balanced, with the classic white peach/grapefruit duo filling the mouth without even trying. Drink by: 2029; Date tasted: 30 Mar 2016; Price: $45.00; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 97 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion

 

 

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