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.
Southern Tasmania also had a fantastic Spring with highly successful flowering so again we were able to shoot thin and cluster select down to one bunch per shoot. The whole ripening season was a little earlier than average and despite some good January rain, the overall growing season was relatively dry. We picked fruit with lower sugars but with beautiful flavour and stem ripeness. This allowed us to go for the maximum whole bunch inclusion in our ferments. The 2018 Nocton Pinot fruit was highly perfumed and delicate (the D5V12 clone was an important component of the blend) and the flavours are rich and long .
In our obsession with Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs from great Pinot growing areas around the world, we have gone as far south (and as cold) as you can go in this country. Despite the cool temperatures, the sunlight hours are long and intense and we are intrigued by the depth of palate and colour that is possible from this landscape. While it is made with the Giant Steps gentle winemaking approach, the result is clearly a world apart in terroir.
Stodart Trophy - Best Red Wine of Show - Royal Queensland Wine Show 2019
Trophy Grand Wine of Show - Royal Queensland Wine Show 2019
Trophy Best Pinot Noir of Show - Royal Queensland Wine Show 2019
Trophy Best Single Vineyard Red of Show - Royal Queensland Wine Show 2019
Gold Medal & 97 Points - Royal Queensland Wine Show 2019
The quest for the best sources of Australian pinot noir sometimes leads winemakers well out of familiar territory. This is a case in point. Top-notch Yarra Valley pinot producers Giant Steps crossed Bass Strait to create this outstanding young wine from Tasmania’s Coal River Valley, and the result is superb. It’s a deeply coloured drop, very perfumed with floral and forest herb touches to a core of red berry and plum fruit. It has lovely flow in the mouth, plump feel and superb poise, with excellent balance and a deliciously sustained finish. (Screwcap) Score: 96 Points ★★★★★ Ralph Kyte-Powell
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