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Giant Steps is a privately owned, estate based, Yarra Valley grower and winemaker that has forged a reputation for delivering some of Australia’s most consistent varietal wines. The new Yarra Valley range of wines is made from hand-picked fruit from the estate vineyards which are expressive of the regional characteristics of the Yarra Valley.
The grapes for this wine are sourced from the estate vineyards of Tarraford, Sexton and Applejack.
The fruit is 100% hand-picked and then fermented in 4000 litre open oak vats. Rack and return takes place by gravity and some light hand plunges are carried out. The wine undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation and is then aged for 11 months in new and used French puncheons, of which 25% are new and 75% older oak. The wine is then bottled without filtration.
Perfumed cherry characters come from the Sexton Vineyard, Campari notes from Applejack and Tarraford’s mocha and cocoa earthiness shines through. It has vibrant red and blue fruits but a lovely underlying earthiness, with mushrooms, truffles, savoury spice, and forest floor aromas. A beautifully elegant wine with breadth, structure and viscosity on the palate.
***Due to a small harvest in 2019, the winemaking team at Giant Steps added 8.5% Pinot Noir from their organic vineyard in Central Otago, New Zealand, to the blend. As such, Giant Steps Pinot Noir 2019 is labelled “Wine from Australia & New Zealand”. ***