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1 - 12 of 19 Wines By Giant Steps
Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Chardonnay
Yarra Valley
Available in cartons of six
Applejack was established 1997 along a breathtaking vista at Gladysdale on the Upper Yarra, a place of higher altitudes and cooler climes, ideal for mouth filling vintages of structured Chardonnay wines. Grapes are all hand picked and gingerly pressed into 500 litres French oak puncheons for a wild, indigenous yeast ferment. A course of hand stirred lees battonage releases the complexities within the sediments and infuses the palate with layers of character. Defined by its fruit flan delish and seasoned with sprinklings of baking spice, a mere 600 cases are made each vintage.
$4899each
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Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir
Yarra Valley
Available in cartons of six
The capriciousness of the hard to grow, early ripening Pinot Noir makes its expression of site all the more sublime. The winemaking at Giant Steps is holistic and closely micro managed, a particular objective is to enhance the natural microflora for the facilitation of indigenous fermentations in the winery. The Yarra Valley's cool, slow ripening aspects, afford Pinot Noir the time to develop its seductive labyrinth of aromas, showing bright red fruit notes underscored by earthy complexity.
$5599each
$671DOZEN
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Giant Steps Central Otago Tosq Vineyard Pinot Noir
Central Otago
Available in cartons of six
Central Otago is a winegrower's paradise and a Pinot Noir maker's dream, a topographical cornucoppia of microclimes and stupendous terroirs. Planted to rich glacial deposits along the Wanaka Cromwell Highway, under the lee of Sugarloaf near the hamlet of Pisa, the frugal harvest of TOSQ Vineyard is treated to traditional wild yeast open vinification. The active barrels set sail across the Tasman for completion of ferments at the Giant Steps wineworks in Yarra Valley. Central Otago as you like it, gummy, soily tannins, peppery black brambles, gelatinous opulence and palate weight throughout.
$6499each
$779DOZEN
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Giant Steps Harrys Monster
Yarra Valley
Available in cases of 6
In exceptional years, parcels of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot are separately fermented. The best lots are assembled into a multiple trophy winer named Harry's Monster and treated to an extravagant maturation in the finest oak. Very strong in primary fruit, generosity and mouthfeel, its ripe seed tannins are simply singing in its youth, showing exceptional balance on a long lasting finish.
$5299each
$635DOZEN
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Grapes are hand picked, destemmed and crushed to small open fermenters. A mix of indigenous and cultured yeasts initiate several days of warm vinification to dryness. Ferments are well aerated, hand plunged and gravity rack returns for a fortnight. Upon completion, the cap is submerged for a two or three weeks to integrate and polymerize tannins. Batches are treated to an airbag press and racked off gross lees to a mix of seasoned and new French oak barriques for malolactic and eighten months maturation.
 
Deep crimson colour. A dark, brooding bouquet of black cherries and kalamata, violets and bramble. Full palate, densely layered with rich dark fruits and earthy, gamey complexity over a structure of sleek, polished oak and extensive tannins.
Giant Steps Light Dry Red Pinot Syrah
Yarra Valley
Available in cartons of six
The Sexton family live in the middle of their eighty acre vineyard on the high north face of the Warramate Ranges, within the dress circle of Yarra Valley's most eminent estates. The vineyard is introducing organic practises with the express purpose of further distinguishing the site and improving grape and wine quality. An assemblage of Pinot Noir and Shiraz, treated to a traditional course of ferments and judicious term of oak, fashioned into an immensely satisfying, seamless yet complex and engaging, bucolic old world style.
$2999each
$357DOZEN
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Giant Steps Lusatia Park Pinot Noir
Yarra Valley
Available in cartons of six
$4999each
$597DOZEN
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Giant Steps Nocton Vineyard Pinot Noir
Yarra Valley
Available in cartons of six
$6499each
$777DOZEN
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Giant Steps Primavera Vineyard Pinot Noir
Yarra Valley
Available in cartons of six
$5599each
$671DOZEN
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Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay
Yarra Valley
Available in cases of 6
The Giant Steps team pointedly sourced several conspicuous clones of Chardonnay from California, Burgundy and Champagne, to be established on the coolest, lowest slopes of the superlative Sexton property. Vine vigor and yields are naturally low, encouraging a low intervention approach to hand managed viticulture. The crisp, cool ripening conditions and flinty, almost mean soils of Yarra Valley's temperate slopes yield a vibrant style of Chardonnay in the nectarine, citrus, melon and white peach range of flavours.
$4899each
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Chardonnay clones Mendoza and 227, 96 and 78 and 85 are all hand picked, sorted and chilled, parcels of whole bunches and destemmed fruit are treated to three days of cold soak at 10┬░C. Batches are sulphured before a wild indigenous yeast vinification in oak vats and small, square open fermenters for a fortnight. A course of minimal drain returns and light plunges are employed for optimal extraction. Upon completion, ferments are gravity transferred through an airbag press, racked off gross lees to a selection of French Burgundy coopered 500L oak puncheons and 225L oak barriques for a term of age, followed by assemblage into the finished wine and bottling without filtration.
 
Pale golden hue. Fresh cream bouquet, white peaches and nectarine, river stones and spearmint, curry leaf and muesli. Lush with beautiful chalkiness, great approach, crisp and punchy acidity. Granny Smith skins, green mango and arrowroot biscuit. A very good balance of fruit within a rich, complex wine of great linearity and driving length, drinking brilliantly on release.
Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir
Yarra Valley
Available in cases of 6
Sexton Vineyard is wonderfully intricate, exuding notes of wild blackberry, dried mushroom, mulberry bush and braised plum, cinnamon stick and sour cherry. The coolest slopes of Sexton are planted to five Pinot Noir clones, managed according to biodynamic principles, providing several threads of expression to weave into the final wine. Sexton's fruit focus and fine tannins are enhanced by a judicious treatment of Burgundy styled oak.
$5599each
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Clones MV6 and 114, 115 and G5V15, 777 and Pommard are hand picked into 300kg crates and chilled. A third of the fruit is worked as whole bunches in small open fermenters, the remainder destemmed but uncrushed and added on top. Three days of soak without any cap work is followed by a fortnight of wild indigenous yeast ferments, light plunges, drain and returns. Batches are treated to an airbag press and racked off gross lees to a mix of new and seasoned Fench oak barriques for malolactic and a year's maturation.
 
Bright scarlet purple colour. Lovely rustic charry notes, cinnamon, cloves, dark chocolates and ginger. Poached cherry, olive, cinnamon and treacle, orange peels and vanilla bean. Pretty and supple. An eager, youthful Pinot Noir with engaging complexity and good support from fine French oak and firm tannins. To accompany pink veal cutlets or a melt in the mouth, roast suckling pig.
Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay
Yarra Valley
Available in cartons of six
$4899each
$585DOZEN
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Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Syrah
Yarra Valley
Available in cartons of six
Established 1988 to a bounty of rich, grey loam clays at Tarrawarra, the eminent Tarraford site enjoys a fortuitously slower ripening season than its neighbouring climes. Planted to a diversity of aspect and clones, managed to a regimen of old world biodynamic farming practices, Tarraford delivers a magnificent harvest of Rhone styled Shiraz each year. Redolent with licorice, pepper and meats, pursing dark, cherry oak tannins and the astringency of wild bramble, its herb infused palate supported by characuterie notes, sasafras and game.
$4999each
$597DOZEN
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1 - 12 of 19 Wines By Giant Steps
The Giant Steps winemakers are directing their winemaking towards single vineyards in locations that can support varietals of distinction

Great wine is made in the vineyard. At its best it is like a fingerprint, inextricably linking the personality and mood of the land from which it has sprung.

Giant Steps

The Giant Steps vineyard is on 115 acres of rocky gravel over clay, 50 km east of Melbourne, on the north facing slopes of the Warramate ranges overlooking the Yarra Valley. The vineyard covers two ridges that rise from 400 to 1100 feet above the valley floor.

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Giant Steps seek to grow fruit and ultimately make wine that is less overt and obvious than is encouraged in Australia. The winemakers look for structure and length rather than breadth; finesse rather than largesse and above all, fruit rather than artefact.

All work is by hand. Giant Steps strive to grow the best fruit possible. Whatever the cost. Because without great fruit there can be no great wine

Giant Steps is owned and operated by a small team - Phil, Allison and Harry Sexton.

The story starts 2600 km and 23 years ago when Phil established the Devils Lair vineyard in Margaret River. He was joined there in 1990 by Allison, an American biochemist. 1995 proved an excellent year; son Harry was born.

In life, not many people get the chance to do something again; differently, with the benefit of hindsight. While they loved the wines they were producing, they dreamed of creating a small, specialised cool climate vineyard together, as a family. From scratch.

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"It would have to be intimate, personal, honest and fun, with only a small committed team. As Phil joked, "this time no more than we could fit around the kitchen table"

And, in 1997 they took the giant step; sold Devils Lair and crossed Australia to a dream site on the slopes of Victoria's Yarra Valley, alongside several benchmark cool climate vineyards that they had long admired.

After an immense amount of work and many years they have turned a horse stud into a vineyard. The winemakers wanted hands on and they got it.

The Sexton family winemakers are quietly confident that the Yarra Valley can produce Bordeaux varietals with savoury structure, finesse, clarity and textbook fruit purity; without the cedary, geranium/capsicum characters we so often see in this country out of cooler or fast ripening regions.

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