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The Giant Steps Collection

The Giant Steps Collection

Last year we celebrated the Giant Steps Yarra Valley Single Sites, this year we cast the net a little wider with this mixed collection, including their crazy good Yarra Estate Range + Harry's Monster, Ocarina Chardonnay & the cheeky LDR Pinot Shiraz. 6 x 750ml bottle case.

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  • If MWG were stranded on a deserted island for the rest of their life, and could only choose one winery to keep them occupied during the stay, it would undoubtedly be Giant Steps. 

    Giant Steps have been kicking some incredible goals lately, and not just with their single-vineyard Pinot and Chardonnay wines (which ultimately set them on the map). They've got a real diversity to the styles and varietals they produce,  including a thirst-quenching LDR (Light Dry Red) made from Pinot Noir and Shiraz, a killer clay-fermented Chardonnay, and also a Bordeaux blend called Harry's Monster that could easily take the sword to Yarra Yering's Dry Red No. 1. With wines this good, it's hard to believe they ever got pigeonholed as Chardonnay and Pinot specialists.

    That's exactly why we've put this case together - along with the amazing estate Yarra Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, it's a collection of 'deep album cuts' from the Giant Steps portfolio, covering some of their most interesting and exciting releases that we suggest you try.

    Each case contains one bottle of each of the following wines:

    2018 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay - RRP $35
    2018 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir - RRP $35
    2018 Giant Steps Ocarina Clay Ferment Chardonnay - RRP $60
    2018 Giant Steps LDR Pinot Noir Shiraz - RRP $35 
    2017 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Syrah - RRP $35
    2017 Giant Steps Harry's Monster - RRP $55

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    2018 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay

    Appellation: Yarra Valley
    Vineyards: Sexton, Gruyere Farm, Tarraford, Applejack, Wombat Creek Vineyards
    Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
    Harvested: February - March 2018
    Bottled: October, 2018
    Alc/Vol (%): 13.0
    TA (g/L): 7.20
    pH: 3.25
    Cellaring: Now – 6 years


    2018 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

    Appellation: Yarra Valley
    Vineyards: Sexton, Tarraford, Applejack, Primavera, Wombat Creek Vineyards
    Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir
    Harvested: February - March 2018
    Bottled: November, 2018
    Alc/Vol (%): 13.5
    TA (g/L): 6.10
    pH: 3.6
    Cellaring: Now – 6 years

    2018 Giant Steps Ocarina Clay Ferment Chardonnay

    APPELLATION: Yarra Valley
    VARIETALS: 100% Chardonnay
    HARVESTED: February 2018
    BOTTLED: August 2018
    ALC/VOL (%): 13.0
    TA (g/L): 7.40
    pH: 3.25
    CELLARING: Now - 6 years

    2018 Giant Steps LDR Pinot Noir Shiraz

    Appellation: Yarra Valley
    Vineyards: Sexton, Tarraford, Primavera Vineyards
    Varietals: 51% Pinot Noir, 49% Syrah
    Harvested: February - March 2018
    Bottled: August, 2018
    Alc/Vol (%): 13.0
    TA (g/L): 7.4
    pH: 3.25
    Cellaring: Now – 2 years
    Food: Wood fired pizza; Chargrilled vegetables, baked polenta with salsa verde; Manchego cheese; Charcuterie; Pork rilletes and cornichons, toasted sourdough

    2017 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Syrah

    Appellation: Yarra Valley
    Vineyards: Tarraford Vineyard; Sexton Vineyard
    Variety: 100% Syrah
    Harvested: April, 2017
    Bottled: June, 2018
    Alc/Vol (%): 13.5
    TA (g/L): 6.2
    pH: 3.52
    Cellaring: Now – 8 years

    2017 Giant Steps Harry's Monster

    Appellation: Yarra Valley
    Varietals: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot
    Blocks:
    Cabernet - block 9 & 14 SA125
    Merlot - block 4 D3V14
    Petit Verdot - block 3 G7V15
    Harvested: March – April 2017
    Bottled: May 2018
    Alc/Vol (%): 14.0
    TA (g/L): 6.80
    pH: 3.56
    Cellaring: 2 - 15 years

    TASTING NOTES

  • REVIEWS

    2018 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay


    'This is, and always has been, a multi-vineyard blend. “Early, drinking deliciousness”, says Steve Flamsteed, “these aren’t for cellars… I like freshness and energy. Not so much the essence of any vineyard, but a showcase of Yarra Valley. They’re wines to really, really drink”. Winemaking goes hand-picked, chill overnight, pressed, free run gets a work over and into barrel, then some oxidative winemaking in leaving some ullage space, lending extra character. Clever, clever. It’s a ripper drink. Shows pedigree of the top Giant Steps wines but delivers a wickedly drinkable, tangy, lemon-drizzled-apple-crunch of yummo chardonnay with enough pep and vigour (and faint salted nutty savouriness) to blast off on those warm, baking summer days. That aside, there’s spring to texture, light juiciness, a pucker followed by mouth-watering refreshment to close. No brainer for quality, bright, quietly complex but wholly guzzle-worthy chardonnay.'
    93 Points - Mike Bennie


    'Very light, bright yellow colour. The bouquet is very fragrant, fruit-driven and lightly creamy from lees contact. Cashews, cream and white peaches. The wine is intense and fresh, taut and restrained in the mouth, with very attractive flavour, line and length. It somehow manages to be rich as well as delicate at the same moment. It's still tight and will doubtless fill out over the coming months.'
    92 Points - Huon Hooke


    2018 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

    'Light to medium, bright red/purple colour, with a wonderfully fragrant, aromatic nose of spicy red and dark cherry. There's a subtle hint of Campari in the aroma and aftertaste which comes from the whole-berry and whole-bunch fermenting techniques. It's light to medium-bodied yet very intense, with penetrating flavour, line and length. The tannins are light and fine yet quite present. An utterly delicious wine and a great follow-up to the outstanding 2017. And like that wine, amazing value for money. The aromatics are quintessential Yarra Valley pinot noir.'
    94 Points - Huon Hooke


    '
    The roll call of vineyards are formidable, Applejack, Primavera, Sexton, Tarraford, Wombat Creek, and they combine here like Voltron. About 40% is whole bunch here. Starts with a meaty savouriness, rolls on with sour and sweet cherry, whiffs of briar, white pepper. Nice fragrance. Palate is awash with the flavours of the scent, sour-sweet, pepper, tangy and bright. It’s quite transparent, quite crunchy, quite edgy even – a wine that bristles in the palate while it soars in bouquet. A chill likely would tame the mad angles and temper the squirts of tart-peaky cherry flavours and fold in some of the green-peppery stuff. It’s got high drinkability which ever way you look at it, though, just perhaps not the finesse one expects when ‘pinot noir’ and ‘Giant Steps’ sit on a label.'
    91 Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front



    2018 Giant Steps Ocarina Clay Ferment Chardonnay

    'Produced in ceramic eggs. Fruit is sourced from three vineyards under the care of Giant Steps. More imagination and execution from Steve Flamsteed and team, a near indefatigable force. This wine hangs out in egg from harvest to after winter, then is pretty much decanted into bottle with nothing added aside a splash of sulphur.

    Textural white of high interest and compelling drinkability – light chalkiness, faint stoney characters meshed to green apple, ripe citrus and white chocolate notes. So much going on. The wine slips over the palate with ease, finds some good concentration of flavour, delivers inherent freshness. Dials up the chardonnay fruit character yet holds such essential purity then, again, that texture is such a charm and so unique. A wonderful expression. I’m in.'
    95 Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front


    'Light straw colour with a complex, smoky, oatmealy bouquet - cashew nuts and almonds, very fine and taut and restrained. Irresistibly complex bouquet, but fresh as well. Lovely wine, with a long, warming finish.'
    91 Points - Huon Hooke



    2018 Giant Steps LDR Pinot Noir Shiraz



    95 Points, Gold Medal - National Wine Show 2018


    '
    Second vintage release of Giant Steps Light Dry Red. It’s a 51/40% blend of the two varieties. The 2017 was a ripper. 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.'
    92 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front


    '
    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 - Huon Hooke



    2017 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Syrah

    'Giant Steps have stopped putting prices on their media samples so I don’t know the price. But I do know however that it saw 100% whole bunches and saw only 10% new oak. It was grown on the Sexton and Tarraford blocks. It’s pretty much as you’d expect and hope; no better, no worse. Everything is in good sound order but at the same time – no mean feat – it offers a pile of personality. Bunchy herb notes, black cherry, svelte mouthfeel, peppercorns and florals. Heaps going on and yet it feels seamless. The finish isn’t scintillating, in terms of length, but it’s well and truly satisfying. It’s in a good place. It’s a very good wine. Impeccable, really. My score kept increasing the longer I sat with it, and this note probably reflects that.'
    94 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front


    'Deep red/purple colour, with a fresh spicy aroma, with some earthy nuances. The wine is medium-bodied and savoury with excellent depth and complexity of flavour. Although young, it's not a simple wine, but full of interest, with good structure, subtle but present tannins and excellent length. A very appealing shiraz and remarkably complex for such a youngster.'
    93 Points - Huon Hooke


    2017 Giant Steps Harry's Monster

    '54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot. Harry’s Reasons was a marvellous album by local act v. Spy v. Spy. When I used to play in a band, we supported them a couple of times, back in the day. Wine is the new Rock & Roll. Bold perfume over ripe crushed mixed berries, wet earth and pencils. Medium-bodied, plush and fleshy with ripe fruit married to plump tannin, earthy flavours, smooth acidity, and a long finish of sticky tannin and black olives. It’s a round wine, rather than lean and long, delivering rich Cabernet satisfaction with every sip. Love it.'
    94 Points - Gary Walsh

    'Medium to deep red colour with a tinge of purple on the rim. The aromas are clean and ripe, cassis and cedary-like, perfumed and berry-ish. The wine is medium to full-bodied and endowed with soft, powdery tannins. The aftertaste is long, refined and juicy-berry filled. A delicious, elegant cabernet with big potential.'
    94 Points - Huon Hooke