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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.

3 bottles             Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2015 
3 bottles             Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2015 
3 bottles             Giant Steps Primavera Vineyard Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2015 
3 bottles             Giant Steps Lusatia Park Vineyard Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2015

Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2015
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

Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2015 
Shares the superb colour of its siblings; here, generosity takes the stage with richness and tannins woven into the superabundant red and black fruit by invisible mending. A brilliant wine, the lower Yarra Valley refusing to take a backward step. Rating: 97 Points; James Halliday, Weekend Australian

Giant Steps Primavera Vineyard Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2015 
A new vineyard to join the suite of sites from Giant Steps. Applejack and Sexton vineyards are the other two, of course. What a superb set of wines from 2015. One also forgets that the wines are produced with gentle touch – hand picked, natural ferment, sent to mostly old oak for 11 months. This wine is 100% whole bunch too; and it’s formative in this wine. It’s what I called ‘the most captivating’ wine, in my notes. Sexton is spicy, sleek, elegant, Applejack is sinewy yet ethereal. More to come on those wines shortly…Haunting perfume of undergrowth, decaying flowers, pot pourri, rose water, pickled cherries, pepper, earth. It’s elemental, guttural and wild to inhale. The palate has a swirl of dark cherry fruitiness, but again, savoury, earthy, briary character takes over. It crackles and swerves in the palate – there’s juiciness but its ribbed with tannin and feels alive with crisp acidity. Long, so long, untamed, unkempt, but beautiful in its sweeping expression. Stains the glass with primal, sexual scent. A broad rugged landscape painted in detail. It’s unbelievably good wine and will mature so, so intriguingly and well. . Alcohol : 13.5%; Price : $50; Drink : 2016 - 2030; Rating: 96 Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front

Giant Steps Lusatia Park Vineyard Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2015
Superb colour; the ultra-fragrant/scented bouquet is picked up unceremoniously by the brilliant palate and dispatched to the boundary. Takes the concept of elegant generosity to another level with more movement in the chorus of red fruit flavours than you might think possible. Combines elegance with spicy, savoury intensity. Rating: 97 Points; James Halliday, Weekend Australian

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