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.
The Yarra Valley range is made from handpicked fruit from all of our estate vineyards. The wines are produced using indigenous yeasts, gravity-flow winemaking, and minimal fining and filtration. This approach produces highly expressive wines, true to the regional characteristics of the Yarra Valley.
51% Pinot Noir & 49% Syrah
Deep red/purple colour, bright and glowing. The bouquet is very spicy and smoky berry-ish with definite shiraz overtones. The wine is light to medium-bodied and soft, easygoing, fruity and yet savoury, with a light shimmer of soft powdery tannins. A very fine wine with flavour, depth and drinkability. Lovely. Rating: 92 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
LDR stands for Light Dry Red, a term used by Maurice O'Shea in the '40s-'50s. From three vineyards, one in the Upper Yarra, two in the Lower Yarra Valley, 51% pinot noir, 49% syrah, co-fermented, very little work during fermentation, matured for 5 months in large French oak vats. The bouquet is highly perfumed, rich and spicy, the palate a near identical display of flavours. This blend is here to stay. Drink by: 2033; Price: $35.00; Date Tasted: Dec 2018; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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