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  • A wine of pristine fruit quality.
  • Such an interesting, pleasurable wine
  • "Skinny pinot here, but it has a sense of austere elegance." Mike Bennie
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Dark Red
Nose "The aromas stay with you, red currants, white strawberry, clove, pine needles..." Mike Bennie
Palate "...the flavours run a similar course in leaner red fruits and prickly, green herbs and spice. Tannins are a highlight, lacy, yet firm, long ribs that poke out from the wine and then draw the wine tight." Mike Bennie.
Food Pairing Cured salmon, perilla leaves, smoked sea salt spiced mayonnaise.
Cellaring 5-10 Years
Notes 100% hand-picked, bottled by gravity and no filtration at bottling.
Variety Pinot Noir
Body Medium - Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2016
Region Yarra Valley
Country Australia
Sustainability Biodynamic
Alcohol 13.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Stelvin
Giant Steps
5-Star rated Giant Steps of the Yarra Valley are among the regions most awarded wineries, with (at last count) 18 Trophies and 48 Gold Medals at major wine shows, including receiving the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards Single Vineyard Trophy three times for the 2007 (Sexton Chardonnay), 2009 (Tarraford Chardonnay) and 2013 (Applejack Pinot.)



Winemaker Steve Flamsteed works exclusively on the distinctive expression of single vineyard sites throughout the Yarra. As the wines are made with minimal intervention, the growing season shows in the finished product. Vineyards are planted with a selection of clones best suited to the conditions in the Yarra Valley; Chardonnay (Mendoza, 96, 76, 95, 78 and 227) and Pinot Noir clones MV6, 115, 114, G5V15, Pommard, 667 and 777, Merlot (D3V14) and Cabernet (SA125, CW44 and LC10)



No strangers to accolades, Giant Steps have yet again (for the 3rd consecutive year) been named Winery of the Year by Wines & Spirits magazine for their range of exceptional wines of overarching quality.
Yarra Valley
The Yarra Valley is a wine region known for producing outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The region has become a leading wine tourism destination, popular for weekend trips as it is located only an hour’s drive north east of Melbourne.



The cool climate region has some of the oldest soils in the world, and produces terrific Chardonnays in the leaner, acid-driven style. Long gone are the days of excessively oaked and oily Chardonnays. Superb Pinot Noir is cultivated with tremendous results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and even Sparkling wines of premium quality are also worth seeking out.



Yarra Valley is the oldest wine region in Victoria with the first vines planted in 1838 at Yering Station. Reg Egan founded the iconic Wantirna Estate in 1963, followed by Dr Bailey Carrodus in 1969 who founded equally lauded Yarra Yering in the foot of the Warramate Hills. Nowadays a fleet of new world wine makers and growers are making sure Yarra Valley stays at the forefront of Victorian wine production. Key wineries to look out for are Mayer, William Downie and Macforbes.



The region in 2009 suffered in the Black Saturday fires, with an estimated 25% of all production was impacted.
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Mike Bennie
Cool site in the upper Yarra sitting at some 300 metres above sea level. The 2016 vintage has been an interesting thing to taste pinot noir from, with some wine producers not quite getting a handle on the oddities of the season. It feels here that the wine is less sure on its feet than the magnificent 2015, though there’s pleasure and interest here too.



Sets off at a rapid pace, almost urgent in its flow across the palate, little lingers but a gentle tug of tannin and a squirt of sour-sweet cranberry-like acidity. The aromas stay with you, red currants, white strawberry, clove, pine needles, and the flavours run a similar course in leaner red fruits and prickly, green herbs and spice. Tannins are a highlight, lacy, yet firm, long ribs that poke out from the wine and then draw the wine tight. Skinny pinot here, but it has a sense of austere elegance.



Drink: 2017 - 2026

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