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.
Yarra Valley syrah grown on the Sexton and Tarraford vineyards. 30% whole bunches. Open fermented. Large format oak. Bottled by gravity in May so it’s had a few months to settle. Right. So aromatic. So well flavoured. So generous and yet so firm. We’re onto a very good thing here. Whole bunch characters exert a keen influence but the fruit is entirely up to the task – and then some. Herbage, nuts, spice and a push of black cherry-plum fruit. Almost into blueberry territory here. Velvety and sinewy at once. Excellent push through the finish. Personality and discipline form a bond. Yes. An exciting release. Tasted: Sep 17; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $35; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2018-2028+; Rated: 95 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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