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2017 Giant Steps Single Vineyard Collection

Yarra Valley


Our Price: $50.00 / bottle (RRP: $330.00 ) Case: 6 x 750ml

'Giant Steps is at top of their game.'
96+ Points, Mike Bennie (2017 Applejack Pinot Noir)

  • In 2017, the Yarra Valley went through something of a remarkable vintage for both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and this mixed six pack of wines is dedicated to the greatness of the Giant Steps winery, the individuality of their single-vineyard driven terroir, and the absolutely showstopping performance of winemaker Steve Flamesteed, who for all intents and purposes has the midas touch right now.

    Each case contains one bottle of each of the following Single Vineyard wines from Giant Steps:

    2017 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay
    2017 Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Chardonnay
    2017 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay
    2017 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir
    2017 Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir
    2017 Giant Steps Wombat Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir


    When the saxophonist John Coltrane split with Miles Davis in the late 50s, he wasted little time releasing his visionary Giant Steps album. Owner Phil Sexton is a jazz fan and was inspired by the album and Coltrane's foresight. When he sold his Devil's Lair vineyard in Margaret River to relocate and replant in the Yarra Valley, he named his wine in Coltrane's honour.

    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. These wines have received global acclaim and established a strong reputation in restaurants and fine wine stores around the world.

    Since 2003 Giant Steps wines have collectively been awarded 19 trophies and over 50 gold medals at major international and domestic wine shows, and has been named one of the Top 100 Wineries in the World by Wine & Spirits Magazine, US for each of the last four years.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    Sexton Vineyard

    Located on the steep slopes of the Warramate Ranges, alongside the vineyards of iconic Yarra producers Yarra Yering and Coldstream Hills, the Sexton Vineyard is in one of the most revered pockets of the Valley. Being well up the Range’s north-facing slopes, topsoil is thin and root systems have established themselves in shallow gravelly loams above a tough, rocky clay base. Vigour and bunch yields are set naturally low in this environment, facilitating a low intervention approach to what is otherwise hand tended viticulture.

    Location: Gruyere
    Elevation: 130 - 210 metres
    Aspect: North facing
    Size: 75 acres
    Planted: 1997
    Soil type: Grey clay loam

    Applejack Vineyard

    Applejack Vineyard was planted in 1997 by highly respected viticulturist Ray Guerin Today it is meticulously managed by his son Mark. Applejack Vineyard is situated in the Upper Yarra Valley, to the south-east of the traditional valley floor. The higher altitudes result in cooler growing conditions - ideal for Pinot Noir. Applejack Vineyard is located on a dramatic, north-east-facing slope with close-planted vines. This vineyard was purchased by Phil Sexton in 2013.

    Location: Gladysdale
    Elevation: 300 metres
    Aspect: East facing
    Size: 29 acres
    Planted: 1997
    Soil type: Grey / brown clay loam


    Tarraford Vineyard

    Located in a protected valley, the boutique Tarraford Vineyard has a discrete microclimate that is cooler than neighbouring sites. Planted in 1988, a diversity of aspect and clones provide multifaceted winemaking opportunities. We are committed to exploring biodynamic farming practices with the overall aim of further developing the vineyard fingerprint and embracing the unique personality of this site.

    Location: Tarrawarra
    Elevation: 100 metres
    Aspect: North, south and east facing
    Size: 21 acres
    Planted: 1988
    Soil type: Grey clay loam


    Wombat Creek Vineyard

    Owned by Hand Picked Wines, Wombat Creek Vineyard is the highest altitude vineyard in the Yarra Valley, making it an ideal location for the production of extreme cool climate wines. The vineyard was originally planted in 1988 with the intention of producing base wine for sparkling production but over the years has been gradually transitioned to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for table wine. The underlying ferrous (red) based volcanic soil and rock produce a distinctively soft yet long and firm palate that contrasts with the finer palates seen from the nearby Applejack Vineyard (basalt based volcanic).

    Location: Gladysdale
    Elevation: 420 metres
    Aspect: North-east facing
    Size: 39 acres
    Planted: 1988
    Soil type: Volcanic loam (red / ferrous)

    VINTAGE

    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 characterized 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.

    Chardonnay Winemaking

    Hand picked and whole bunch pressed without additions. Course settled to 500L French puncheons. Indigenous fermentation. Batonnage for the first two months, then topped and let rest (maturing) for a further 8 months on lees. New and used tight grain French oak – 20% new, 80% older.
    Rough pass filtered and naturally fined. Bottled by gravity.


    Pinot Noir Winemaking

    Hand-picked without additions. Depending on the site in question, a percentage of the fruit was transferred as whole bunches to small oak and stainless steel open vats. The remainder was destemmed and transferred as whole berries to the fermenters. Fermentations were indigenous and left alone with little cap work, relying upon carbonic maceration for extraction. Pressed at dryness to new and used 228L tight grain French barriques for 10 months – 25% new, 75% older. Bottled by gravity with no fining or filtration. Made without animal products.

     

  • REVIEWS

    2017 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay

    "Mendoza clone here. A fuller figured wine typically. Applejack’s stout but jolly friend, and just as well groomed. Great to hear of the winemaking practices applied to these wines from Steve Flamsteed, winemaker of Giant Steps. Universal application, minimal intervention, natural fermentation, left alone save topping up and some lees stirring. Definitely broad minded approach to wine, not following a dogma of science lab numerics to find the lit path to fine wine. Smoke, almonds, flint, spice, ozone character, tropical lemon-lime citrus character, green apple whiffs. Light creaminess, has a fuller figure yet that’s all corseted together with chalky puffs of ‘mineral’ feel and the belt of green mango acidity. Generous flavours, you could say, certainly stains the palate well, perhaps needing some time to all come together completely. Still, has mojo. Good chardonnay here."
    93+ Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front


    2017 Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Chardonnay

    "First Applejack chardonnay that Giant Steps has done. Isolated for its personality. It’s been seen as a single vineyard wine, but normally blended into the ‘Yarra’ wine. Steve Flamsteed et al saw that something special, and they weren’t wrong. How good is intuitive winemaking? Numbers can go hang, here. What a belter. Phwoar. Parisian almond, lemon rind, grapefruit juice, faint wet slate notes. Saline tang to acidity, some light creaminess of savoury nuttiness though the mainstay is a core of blisteringly fresh tart fruit flavour underlying. Incredible velocity and freshness, character, complexity, nerviness. Beautiful, super thing."
    95+ Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

    2017 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay

    "Warmest of all the sites of Giant Steps coterie of vineyards. Shows in the extra generosity in this wine, but it’s by a degree, and you’d likely have to be tasting them side-by-side as myself and GW had the pleasure of doing. Still, it’s got some pep. Get up and go chardonnay.

    Ripe apple, lemon curd, scents of faint, wet stones. Palate is ample, juicy, almost fleshy but for the licks of minerally tartness of acidity. Has some white chocolate notes, almost the texture of just melted chocolate bar, soft and long, stains the palate gently, the finish perky and fresh. It’s one of those lip-licking, moreish chardonnays, and will be hard to put down. Yep."
    94 Points - Mike Bennie


    2017 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir

    "Warmer site, about 180 metres above sea level. One of the ‘classic’ Giant Steps sites. Steve Flamsteed says the 2017 vintage is one of his favourites, though that’s kind of a silly word. It’s a very good year for his hands-off mode of winemaking, is more the point. 

    Ripe cherry, red berry, faint meatiness, rose hip tea. Sets itself off on a darker, fuller path for pinot. Plush in the palate, dark chocolate and amaro, red berries, fine bitterness to finish with a smudge more bitter-dark chocolate. Mouthwatering, hunger-setting stuff. Fuller figured here. Breathy even. Nice though. Real nice. The ‘generous one’."
    93 Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front


    2017 Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir

    "I reckon a really good year for Applejack”, says winemaker Steve Flamsteed, “rain came every ten days and just kind of kept everything very fresh”. He isn’t wrong. Such a lovely, thoughtful, progressive thinking human too. No wonder Giant Steps is at top of their game. 

    Acid driven, light and fragrant style, has that sense of sleekness from fine pinot tannins yet is tightly wound, coiled and precise as it rolls through the palate. Red currants, cranberry, smoke and sweet earth to sniff on. Savoury edged red fruit to taste. Balanced, lithe, very finely wrought. Such elegance, and, importantly, incredible sense of energy in the wine. Now we can use the word outstanding."
    96+ Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

    2017 Giant Steps Wombat Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir
    "Gladysdale vineyard, originally for sparkling though the clone is MV6. Some whole bunch in the mix too. One of the more mature vineyards in the Yarra, early 1980s planting. Wombat Creek sounds like something off a 1980s Australian soap opera.
    Pretty, voluminous perfume, loaded with sweet red berry fruits, spiked with green herbs, undergrowth, briar, touch of truffle/mushroom. Silky in the palate, great volume of flavour, squeakiness through the finish, mouthwatering too. Has good concentration, mouth perfume even, floats through its long finish. Superb wine, delicious drinking."

    95 Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front





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