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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.

Vintage 2013 in the Yarra Valley received an overall rating of ‘excellent’. Warm and dry growing conditions were fairly consistent throughout the season and extended through to mid-April - ideal conditions for all varieties. Whilst yields were down the wines are showing full and balanced flavour with a great depth of colour. All varieties have performed well in the excellent conditions; the stand outs are pinot noir, shiraz, cabernet and chardonnay.

Very good colour, slightly deeper than Applejack; a vibrantly savoury pinot, with cherry-accented fruit woven through a spicy/foresty palate of excellent length and persistence. Will richly reward 5 years in the cellar. Rating: 95 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion


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