Hand-picked without additions. The fruit was divided into two components 100% destemmed and 100% whole-bunch. The whole berry component was left to cold soak for four days, then allowed to warm into a wild ferment. The whole bunch component was left in a blanket of carbon dioxide, untouched for a week, before commencing a daily foot stomp with indigenous fermentation commencing as the fruit warmed. Both components were cross seeded with a Rhone isolate yeast late in the ferment to ensure they finished dry.
Giant Steps is an independent winery in Healesville, Victoria, owned by Phil Sexton. Phil first made his name in establishing some noted micro-breweries, such as Little Creatures, and later established Devil’s Lair in Margaret River. First released in 2001, Giant Steps focuses exclusively on the distinctive expression of single vineyard sites in the Yarra Valley. Grapes are drawn from estate and leased vineyards, as well as a selection of long-term contracted vineyards. Giant Steps wines are produced fastidiously in the vineyard and vinified with minimal intervention so that each is a faithful expression of site, vintage and culture. Giant Steps focuses on restrained Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and cool climate Cabernet/Merlot blends. These single vineyard wines are sourced from five different vineyards throughout the Yarra, so each is a fingerprint of location and site personality. The name Giant Steps comes in part from Phil’s love for jazz and John Coltrane’s album of that same name, and in part due the Giant Step Phil took in relocating with his family from Margaret River to the Yarra Valley. Giant Steps wines are always exclusively single vineyard Yarra Valley wines. They are hand made in small batches using gravity flow principles. Production of the Giant Steps wines is very limited with some vineyards producing as little as 200 cases each vintage – some wines are not produced each year if vintage conditions do not allow. These wines are often hard to find in retail outlets as they are mainly sold through the cellar door and through selected restaurants.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Very youthful purple/red colour, deep and bright. The bouquet is young and fresh, very primary and showing a little reduction. There are meaty, pepper, spice and dried herb notes, too. The wine is raw, callow, concentrated and very primary, unready just yet, with lots of pepper, graphite and earthy nuances. It does seem to have tremendous potential. The texture is already delectable. It should be cellared a few years.
LANGTON'S YARRA VALLEY WINE SHOW
Gold Medal, Langton's Yarra Valley Wine Show 2018
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
A fragrant estate-grown wine of remarkable drive and intensity, with black cherry and spice, licorice and evenly distributed tannins from start to finish providing texture and, more importantly, structure.