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.
Made without compromise using 100% hand picked fruit from meticulously maintained Applejack vineyards. Natural winemaking philosophy, while making quality the priority. Minimal intervention in the vineyard and 100% hand-picked. 50% whole bunch, remainder whole berry, indigenous fermentation in 4000L open oak vats. Delestage by gravity and occasional hand plunges. 11 months in new and used French barriques – 30% new, 70% older.
Acid driven, light and fragrant style, has that sense of sleekness from fine pinot tannins yet is tightly wound, coiled and precise as it rolls through the palate. Red currants, cranberry, smoke and sweet earth to sniff on. Savoury edged red fruit to taste. Balanced, lithe, very finely wrought. Such elegance, and, importantly, incredible sense of energy in the wine. Now we can use the word outstanding. Tasted: Mar 17; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $60; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2018-2030; Rated: 96+ Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
From the Upper Yarra Valley, wild-fermented with 40% whole bunches/60% whole berries, minimum plunging de facto carbonic maceration, matured in French oak (25% new), gravity bottled. Bright crimson; the bouquet is a perfumed mix of red fruit blossom, the red berry flavours of the palate symbiotically joined with the bouquet. It is a wine of exquisite purity and detail in its texture and strength. As befits a pinot of this quality, the palate is very long, the peacock's tail opening on the finish and aftertaste. Drink to: 2027; Price: $60.00; Date Tasted: Apr 2018; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 98 Points & Special Value Star; Top 100 Wines for 2018; James Halliday Wine Companion
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