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.
65% Pinot Noir, 35% Syrah
2021 was an outstanding vintage in the Yarra Valley. The season was defined by a cool Spring, a mild growing season, cool nights and some conveniently spaced rain events. The vineyards developed dark green healthy canopies with strong vine energy and solid fruit set. This resulted in balanced crops with concentrated bunch flavour, vibrant colours and high tone perfumes.
Soft, juicy red. Crisp tannins, raspberry and strawberry characters abound, white pepper spice, blood orange acidity. Thirst-quenching kind of feel. Great sense of tension and precision. Fresh as. A vibrant, exciting red. Tasted: Aug 2021 Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $37.5; Closure: Screwcap; Rated: 92 Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
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