Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019 ~ 6 pack value
Six exceptional "Applejack Vineyard" Pinot Noir 2019 from Giant Steps, a favourite winery from Australia's Yarra Valley wine-growing region.
98/100 The Australian
97/100 James Halliday
96/100 James Suckling
95/100 Huon Hooke
93/100 The Wine Front
98/100 James Halliday (2018 Vintage)
96+/100 The Wine Front (2018 Vintage)
The Australian "This wine shouts Applejack from the rooftops: it's perfumed, elegant and relatively light-bodied, but with a fireworks display of red fruits and complex, savoury tannins. As with all Giant Steps pinots, it's not fined or filtered."
James Suckling "Expressively complex with plenty of red-cherry, strawberry and pomegranate aromas, as well as oak spice and sappy notes. The palate has impressive density with focus. The spiced blueberry flavors are intense, fresh and long and there’s such vibrant acidity sustaining the long finish. Drink or hold."
Huon Hooke "Medium to light red/purple hue, the aroma fusty, earthy, forest floor, a note of oak and a touch of humus. Very rich and ripe, almost opulent flavour with charming fruit sweetness and a succulent core. A delicious wine."
James Halliday “Two barrels spontaneously underwent malolactic fermentation. The elevation of the Wombat Creek Vineyard at 410m makes this the last vineyard to be picked, and gives the wine a spine of acidity, with a wealth of nectarine and melon fruit wrapped around it.”
The Wine Front, Mike Bennie “.......Giant Steps is at the top of their game.....Such elegance, and, importantly, an incredible sense of energy in the wine. Now we can use the word outstanding......Acid driven, light and fragrant style, has that sense of sleekness from fine pinot tannins yet is tightly wound, coiled and precise as it rolls through the palate. Red currants, cranberry, smoke and sweet earth to sniff on. Savoury edged red fruit to taste. Balanced, lithe, very finely wrought." (2018 Vintage)
Different Drop "The most sought-after of the excellent 2018 Giant Steps excellent Pinot Noirs." (2018 Vintage)
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 have been named one of the Top 100 Wineries in the World by Wine & Spirits Magazine, US for each of the last three years.
Owner Phil Sexton came to wine via beer. He started Little Creatures, a favourite of Aussie hopheads, in Perth (Western Australia). 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. Applejack Vineyard was planted in 1997 by highly respected viticulturist Ray Guerin Today it is meticulously managed by his son Mark.
Applejack Vineyard is situated in the Upper Yarra Valley, to the south-east of the traditional valley floor. The higher altitudes result in cooler growing conditions - ideal for Pinot Noir. Applejack Vineyard is located on a dramatic, north-east-facing slope with close-planted vines. This vineyard was purchased by Phil Sexton in 2013.