Giant Steps "Sexton Vineyard" Pinot Noir 2018 ~ Yarra Valley, Australia
96/100 - James Halliday
95/100 - The Real Review
94/100 - Wine Advocate
93/100 - Mike Bennie
93/100 - The Wine Front
James Halliday 5 Star Rated Winery
James Halliday - "A powerful, expressive, dark berry and plum bouquet, the palate doubling up on the fruit and adding high-quality pinot tannins. A quality wine.....”
Huon Hook - "A top wine from a top vintage.....This delicious single-vineyard pinot is fruit-sweet and bright, loaded with red and dark cherry aromas of good intensity backed up by abundant fine, soft tannins. The balance is impeccable and the finish is persistent. "
Mike Bennie - "Ripe cherry, red berry, faint meatiness, rose hip tea. Sets itself off on a darker, fuller path for pinot. Plush in the palate, dark chocolate and amaro, red berries, fine bitterness to finish with a smudge more bitter-dark chocolate. Mouthwatering, hunger-setting stuff. Fuller figured here. Breathy even. Nice though. Real nice. The ‘generous one’."
Different Drop Wine Team - "A great release of Phil Sexton's home block Pinot Noir. Steve Flamsteed has delivered another beauty here from the sensational 2017 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 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). 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. 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.