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2018 Giant Steps Yarra Valley LDR Pinot Noir Shiraz

2018 Giant Steps Yarra Valley LDR Pinot Noir Shiraz

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Screw Cap
Yarra Valley
2018
750ml
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$30.99
13.0%
Cellar to 2025
Screw Cap
Yarra Valley
2018
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • LDR stands for Light Dry Red, a blend of Pinot Noir and Shiraz. With modern Cru Beaujolais the focus here, fruit from the high altitude Primavera vineyard is mixed with Syrah from Sexton and given the carbonic maceration magic.

    The end result is a wine you or I would call gluggable. Think the vinous equivalent of an instagram model, and you are someway there. It's bright, ruby tinged, with everything in the right place, mixing svelt tannins and seamless, musk and strawberry drenched fruit. Epic stuff. More of this please.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • Minimal intervention in the vineyard and 100% hand-picked. Fermented in small open oak vats and stainless steel fermenters using indigenous yeasts. Pinot Noir and Syrah co-fermented. Fermented with very little cap work - a real focus on carbonic maceration. 100% malolactic fermentation. 50% whole bunch. 6 months in seasoned French oak vats only. Bottled by gravity, no filtration at bottling.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    Light ruby red, it's a wine of light sappy red fruit, blackberry and a whisper of spice, before a beautifully clean and polished palate of pure fruit flavour.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • 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.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 95 POINTS

    JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION


    LDR stands for Light Dry Red, a term used by Maurice O'Shea in the '40s-'50s. From three vineyards, one in the Upper Yarra, two in the Lower Yarra Valley, 51% pinot noir, 49% syrah, co-fermented, very little work during fermentation, matured for 5 months in large French oak vats. The bouquet is highly perfumed, rich and spicy, the palate a near identical display of flavours. This blend is here to stay.

    93 POINTS

    TONI PATERSON MW - THE REAL REVIEW


    Amazing aromatics with cherry jam and Turkish Delight accents. The palate is highly flavoursome, with a mix of snappy berry flavours underpinned by gorgeous savouriness. The palate is fabulously long and satisfying

    92 POINTS

    HUON HOOKE


    Deep red/purple colour, bright and glowing. The bouquet is very spicy and smoky berry-ish with definite shiraz overtones. The wine is light to medium-bodied and soft, easygoing, fruity and yet savoury, with a light shimmer of soft powdery tannins. A very fine wine with flavour, depth and drinkability. Lovely.

    92 POINTS

    CAMPBELL MATTINSON - THE WINE FRONT


    This 2018 goes straight into the smashable zone. It’s fresh, perfumed and vibrant. ‘Energetic’ is the aim and energetic is the outcome. Florals, fruits, light/sweet spices. File it under Not A Care In The World. It’s the kind of wine we all need more of in our lives