Giant Steps "Primavera Vineyard" Pinot Noir 2018 ~ Yarra Valley, Australia
97/100 - Huon Hooke
96/100 - James Suckling
Top 100 Wineries of the World (2013, 2014 & 2015, 2016) - Wine & Spirits Magazine
Gourmet Traveller Wine 'Winemaker of the Year' 2016
James Halliday Winery Rating
James Suckling "There is purity and finesse to this young pinot with sliced-strawberry and lemon character. Tight and polished with beautiful finesse and length. Goes on for minutes. Love the brightness and focus."
Huon Hooke (The Real Review) “Complex and superb, with great intensity and length. A concentrated, penetrating pinot. Wonderful depth and character, power and fascination. Great pinot!.....Deepish red/purple colour, youthful and the bouquet is stemmy and herbal, with undergrowth, foresty notes uppermost. Plummy more than cherried, with smoky foresty overtones.”
Mike Bennie "Not only is his deft touch seen across a gamut of outstanding labels, but winemaker Steve Flamsteed has shown himself to be a modest revolutionary for Victorian wine... It’s Steve Flamsteed’s work at Giant Steps that is his ultimate triumph."
Different Drop "Long and sleek in style with a wild edge. Great stuff...Poached strawberry, sweet fruit, some clove and Christmas cake entwined with Asian spice and green herb. Lovely nose, palate strung with whole-bunchy tannin like the spindly threads of a spider web."
Patrick Eckel, WineReviewer ~ "The nose gives dark cherry that’s supported by baked rhubarb, a touch of bramble and gentle oak spice... The wine sits more towards the savoury spectrum with a taut line of acidity, fine but firm tannins and earthen cherry fruit, the finish is drying with a heady mix of dark cherry and plum."
Peter Forrestal "Steve Flamsteed is a man of many talents with a finely tuned palate, an instinctive flair for winemaking and fastidious attention to detail. This shows particularly in the stunning single-vineyard chardonnays and pinots of Giant Steps: distinctive wines that reflect their sites and glow with impeccable finesse”
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 three years.
Founder Phil Sexton came to wine via beer. He started Little Creatures, a favourite of Aussie hopheads, in Perth (Western Australia). Winemaker Steve Flamsteed works exclusively on Giant Steps single vineyard wines.
Yarra Valley is a region with a cool climate, best known for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Yarra Valley is an hour’s drive east of Melbourne.
2018 is the fourth vintage of the Giant Steps Primavera Vineyard Pinot Noir. Grown by Lou Primavera, high up in the Upper Yarra, the Primavera Vineyard Pinot Noir walks the line between sweet fruit and savoury undergrowth with a fleet foot. For class and character from the Yarra Valley, they just don’t get any better than this.