Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018

Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018

Yarra Valley, Victoria   |    750ml   |    13.5%
Giant Steps has forged a reputation as one of the Yarra Valley's leading wineries, with their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay consistently among the nation's finest examples. This newly released 2018 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir comes on the back of the hugely popular 2017 vintage, which won plenty of high praise (97 Points - Halliday, Best Pinot Noir Trophy - 2018 Sydney Royal Wine Show).

One again, this 2018 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir delivers remarkable vibrancy and approachability, the underlying complexity and intensity of flavour makes this a standout - and exceptional value for money at this price.

"The roll call of vineyards are formidable, Applejack, Primavera, Sexton, Tarraford, Wombat Creek, and they combine here like Voltron. About 40% is whole bunch here. Starts with a meaty savouriness, rolls on with sour and sweet cherry, whiffs of briar, white pepper. Nice fragrance. Palate is awash with the flavours of the scent, sour-sweet, pepper, tangy and bright. It’s quite transparent, quite crunchy, quite edgy even – a wine that bristles in the palate while it soars in bouquet. A chill likely would tame the mad angles and temper the squirts of tart-peaky cherry flavours and fold in some of the green-peppery stuff. It’s got high drinkability which ever way you look at it, though, just perhaps not the finesse one expects when ‘pinot noir’ and ‘Giant Steps’ sit on a label. Rated: 91 Points Tasted: NOV18 Alcohol: 13.5% Price: $35 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2018 - 2023" - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front.

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Giant Steps is a privately owned, estate based, Yarra Valley grower and winemaker. Giant Steps has forged a reputation for delivering some of Australia’s most consistent, over-performing, varietal wines. 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 wines, true to the regional characteristics of the Yarra Valley.
Yarra Valley

VINEYARDS: Applejack, Primavera, Sexton, Tarraford, Wombat Creek

VARIETAL: 100% Pinot Noir

HARVESTED: February - April 2017

BOTTLED: October 2017

Alc/Vol (%): 13.5

TA (g/L): 6.56

pH: 3.49

CELLARING: Now - six years

VINIFICATION: Natural winemaking philosophy, while making quality the priority. Minimal intervention in the vineyard and 100% hand-picked. Fermented in 4000L open oak vats and stainless steel fermenters using indigenous yeasts. 20% whole bunch. Delestage by gravity, some light hand plunges and pigeage.

100% malolactic fermentation.

Seven months in new and used French oak - 10% new, 90% older.

Bottled by gravity, no filtration at bottling.

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