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.
Love the aromas of tea, strawberries, cherries and freshly cut flowers, which follow through to a medium to full body. Tight and silky tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Shows focus and finesse with structure. Drink now or hold. Rating: 95 Points; James Suckling
Seductively accessible pinot noir with succulent cherry, violet, mixed spice and subtle oak flavours flattered by a seamless, silken texture. A stylish wine that has clearly been made with a light touch. Very lengthy palate. Rating: 96 Points; Bob Campbell MW; The Real Review
A great vineyard producing great wines. Vinified without the use of pumps. The perfumed, flowery (violets) bouquet and a highly focused palate bring whole bunch tannins into play, with a gently savoury finish. Seductive. Drink to: 2029; Price: $60.00; Date Tasted: July 2019; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
Sourced from vineyards at 984-feet in elevation in the Upper Yarra, the nose of this wine is intensely reminiscent of truffles, but there's plenty of fruit, florals and spice, too, expressed in tones of red berries, roses, white pepper, dried herbs and minerals. Beautifully nuanced and textured on the palate, it's both broad and laser-focused, slinking with savory tannins, crunchy red fruit and herbs. The finish is long and complex, making it impossible not to take another sip. It's delicious now, but it could cellar until 2029. Rating: 95 Points; Wine Enthusiast
Gold Medal & 95 Points - National Wine Show of Australia 2019
Gold Medal & 96 Points - Yarra Valley Show of Australia 2019
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