Giant Steps is a complex Pinot Noir with terrific varietal character. The nose shows rose petal, dark cherry and tomato leaf aromas and the palate is fleshy but tight, with savoury, dusty notes and silky tannins.
Awards and Accolades
95 Points - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion "Sexton Vineyard is in the Lower Yarra Valley, at 230m, MV6 clone, wild-fermented in a 4000l oak vat, 20% whole bunches, matured in French oak (25% new) for 11 months. Deep colour; the bouquet breathes black cherries, dark spices, the palate the fullest and more plummy than either Primavera or (at the other extreme) Applejack. Overall, the most powerful, but most closed/reductive of the trio."
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: Trophy (Best Pinot Noir) and Top Gold, Yarra Valley Wine Show 2016
2015 Vintage: 96 Points - Mike Bennie, Wine Front "Hooleydooley. If ya like ya pinot noir, and well, most of us do, then ya gunna like the Giant Steps 2015s. Perfect storm. How good are these vineyards? How good is Steve Flamsteed and co? Sexton is in the Warramatte Ranges. Low yields. This is all hand-picked fruit, 40% is whole bunch in the ferment. Fermentation is natural, spends 11 months in 75% used oak, 25% new. Strap in. Haze of cherry, sweet maraschino cherry, faint fennel, sniff of briar, exotic spice, touch of vanilla bean, but sweet as all that sounds, it’s more amaro sour-sweet than anything. And superb. Such volume of perfume too. Palate has an almost tactile white pepper dusting, feathery and suede tannins build that tactile feel, the wine draws long on an sleek elastic band of juicy, bright cherry fruit, that spice, glossy acidity. It sits in palate even, fine, long, restrained, finessed. Cashmere on the tongue. Far out."
From the Winery
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: 95/100
Region: Yarra Valley, VIC
Winemaker: Steve Flamsteed, Phil Sexton & Stuart Marshall
Drink now until: 2028
Alc/Vol: 12.6 %
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