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, over-performing, single vineyard varietal wines. The Yarra Valley range of wines is made from hand-picked fruit from the estate vineyards. Head winemaker Steve Flamsteed and his team are making some of the best wines in Australia from these sites. Their aim is to express in each wine the character of the Yarra Valley, grape and vintage, and this they achieve by meticulous work in the vineyards and minimum intervention in the winery.
The Pinot Noir and Syrah for the 'LDR' was sourced from the Sexton and Primavera vineyards. Planted in 1997 on the steep north facing slopes of the Warramate Ranges, the Sexton vineyard is exposed and demanding. Between 130 and 210 metres above sea level, with thin topsoil and and shallow gravelly loams above a tough rocky clay base. Vigour and bunch yields are naturally low in this environment, facilitating a low intervention approach to what is otherwise hand tended viticulture. Organic vineyard management principles are being introduced with the purpose of further distinguishing the site and improving grape and wine quality. The Primavera vineyard sits at 230 metres above sea level in Woori Yallock, its north and north-east facing aspect and red friable soil critical in shaping the complex structure and pronounced perfume of the wine. Giant Steps has a long-standing relationship with the Primavera family, having sourced fruit from the 16 year-old vineyard for some years.
2017 was a textbook cool climate vintage. The preceding winter was cool to cold (good vine dormancy) with good rainfall and ground saturation as the valley moved into spring. The growing season was characterised by intermittent rainfall with otherwise cool to mild days, bright sunshine and importantly, no temperature peaks. As a result, all varieties enjoyed slower ripening where acids, sugar and flavor stayed well in-sync. The resulting wines have terrific structure and detail, underpinned by crisp natural acidity and bright fruit.
The grapes had minimal intervention in the vineyard and were hand-picked between February and April 2017. Fermented in small open oak vats and stainless steel fermenters using indigenous yeasts, with minimal plunging of the cap to allow for some carbonic maceration. The wine spent seven months in seasoned French oak vats, undergoing full malolactic fermentation. As always at Giant Steps, bottling was done by gravity and without filtration, in November 2017.
An exciting new addition to the Yarra Valley range from 2017. Juicy red Pinot perfume is seasoned with the darker, peppery Syrah component. Sweet fruit, nuttiness and smoky clove spice characters, with a hint of reduction adding savoury complexity. Everything comes together in this fruity, juicy, light bodied style with a subtle grip and elegant structure.
|Grape Varieties||51% Pinot Noir
|Winemaker||Steve Flamsteed & Tony Fikkers|
|Notes||Sustainable, Vegan, Vegetarian