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.
Bright, light yellow colour, with a fresh, sawn timber oak and creamy lees aroma, the fruit flavour powerful and pungent in the mouth, with white peach, passionfruit and a semblance of sweetness, which is probably just the richness of the fruit talking. There's a trace of tannin, more than balanced by the body. A delicious wine, which should go on to show more and more character with time. The powerful fruit comprehensively outguns the oak and lees characters. Date Tasted: May 2020; Rating: 96 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
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