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.
Bright, medium to full red/purple colour with a sweetly raspberry-like aroma, a lovely fragrant perfume. Rose petals and pot-pourri. Light to medium-weighted, with a fine sheen of tannins contributing a nicely tailored firmness to the structure. A wine of real finesse. Date Tasted: June 2021; Drink: 2021 to 2032; Price: $65.00; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 96 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
So fine boned, tiny needle work points of acidity and sour cherry, the smallest pinch of alpine herbs and white peper. A mouthful of glass shards and sour cherry-kissed mineral water of the finest pedigree. A little smudge of walnut paste in finish? Barely. Anyways, beautiful, fragile, refreshing, edgy, pure feeling. Wonderful expression on the edge. Tasted: July 2021 Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $65; Closure: Screwcap; Rated: 94 Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
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