Giant Steps have been producing some of the Yarra Valley's finest Pinot Noirs year after year. 2016's release offers great depth of fruit; bright cherry, and a tight, savoury palate.
Awards and Accolades
Top 100 Wineries of the World 2013, 2014 & 2015, 2016 - Wine & Spirits Magazine Gourmet Traveller Wine 'Winemaker of the Year' 2016 - Steve Flamsteed ☆☆☆☆☆ - James Halliday Winery Rating
2015 Vintage: 97 Points - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion "Significantly deeper colour than prior vintages, likewise depth of fruit; the bouquet and palate are driven by black and red cherry fruit of exceptional generosity. Small wonder Giant Steps says this is its best vintage yet, but teasing with an unusual touch of dark chocolate."
2015 Vintage: 96 Points - Mike Bennie, Wine Front "Telltale signs of cool places and whole bunch ferment, whiffs of garrigue, bouquet garni, so let’s say dried hedges and dried mixed herbs, in Australian lingo. There’s dark cherry, a faint sniff of cola, fennel, pepper too. The palate is awash and ablaze, bright and lively, shows a flighty sheet of tannin that drapes across the mouth then starts to tug like a fist closing on silk. The finish is pulled tight with that fine tannin, caraway seed spice, light herbal notes. It’s beautiful, wonderful drinking, so gluggable, so complex in its nature and presentation, so much to enjoy."
From the Winery
Applejack Vineyard was planted in 1997 by highly respected viticulturist Ray Guerin Today it is meticulously managed by his son Mark. Applejack Vineyard is situated in the Upper Yarra Valley, to the south-east of the traditional valley floor. The higher altitudes result in cooler growing conditions - ideal for Pinot Noir. Applejack Vineyard is located on a dramatic, north-east-facing slope with close-planted vines. This vineyard was purchased by Phil Sexton in 2013.
Natural winemaking philosophy, while making quality the priority. Minimal intervention in the vineyard and 100% hand-picked.
30% whole bunch, indigenous fermentation in one 4000L open oak vat, delestage by gravity and occasional hand plunges.
11 months in new and used French barriques - 30% new, 70% older. Bottled by gravity, no filtration at bottling.
Don't Pay: $60.00
WBW Rating: 97/100
Region: Yarra Valley, VIC
Winemaker: Steve Flamsteed, Phil Sexton & Stuart Marshall
Drink now until: 2028
Alc/Vol: 12.6 %
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