Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2017
96/100 The Wine Front
95/100 James Halliday
Different Drop "The most sought-after of the excellent 2017 Giant Steps excellent Pinot Noirs."
The Wine Front, Mike Bennie “Giant Steps is at 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."
James Halliday "Like all the Giant Steps Pinots, not fined or filtered. Light, bright crimson-purple; red flowers and fruits with a continuous whole bunch-shot text of savoury, earthy, foresty notes threaded through the red fruits."
From the Upper Yarra Valley (the highest altitude vineyard in the Yarra Valley). Twenty percent whole bunches on the base of the vat, the remainder destemmed on top, minimal plunging thus maximum carbonic maceration, 9 months maturation, gravity bottled.
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).
Yarra Valley is an Australian wine region with a cool climate, best known for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Yarra Valley is an hour’s drive east of Melbourne.