Giant Steps "Sexton Vineyard" Pinot Noir 2014 ~ Yarra Valley, Australia
International Wine Challenge - Bronze
94/100 The Wine Front
93/100 Jeremy Oliver
92/100 Wine Enthusiast
James Halliday "5 star" vineyard, Wine Companion
Top 100 Wineries in the World - Wine & Spirits Magazine (USA)
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front "Has complexity and it drinks beautifully. An easy style to fall in love with....A pretty wine, so much so that you almost want to cuddle it. Sweet red fruit and choc-vanilla, spice and a touch of smoky undergrowth. It's soft and full with squishy red cherry, balanced non-invasive acidity and supple fine grained tannin that spreads out on the finish. "
International Wine Challenge "Violet and plum fruit aromas, intense nose, softer palate, with structured tannins."
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.
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. Located on the steep north facing slopes of the Warramate Ranges, alongside the vineyards of Yarra Yering and Coldstream Hills, the Sexton vineyard is exposed and demanding. Being on the higher slopes, topsoil is thin and root systems have established themselves in shallow gravelly loams above a tough rocky clay base. Bunch yields set naturally low in this environment, facilitating a low intervention approach to what is otherwise hand tended viticulture. Biodynamic vineyard management principles are being introduced with the purpose of further distinguishing the site and improving grape and wine quality.