Giant Steps Pinot Noir 2020 (Yarra Valley, Victoria) "...cherry, spice, orange..."
The Giant Steps Pinot Noir is the entry point to Phil Sexton & Steve Flamsteed's highly acclaimed wine range.
Flamsteed is considered one of the modern masters of Yarra winemaking and with Giant Steps a solo operation now, you can see him at the height of his powers.
This is a superb entry point into the world of premium Yarra Pinot Noir. It's made with a portion of whole bunches and the meticulous attention to detail for which Flamsteed has become renowned.
"A low-yielding vintage but one which resulted in great concentration and acidity. Vinification was much the same as for the 2019 vintage: 40% whole-bunch fruit was used, with no fining and filtering and racking and bottling done by gravity. Though here the eight months' maturation was in a mix of barriques (10% new) and 4,000-litre oak vats. As with the Chardonnay, it's blend of various parcels that just miss out on being part of the single-vineyard wines: here Sexton (giving ripe cherry fruit), Applejack (a distinctive bitter orange Campari note), Tarraford (mocha and cocoa earthiness) and Primavera (floral perfume). A crunchy, delicate, quaffable Pinot packed with succulent cherries, savoury autumnal notes, soft acidity and gentle spice." - 92 Points Tine Gellie Decanter.com
"2020 was a particularly challenging vintage across much of Australia, but we were very lucky here in the Yarra Valley. It was a bit of a rollercoaster - with a cool, wet Spring, a dry December and then a mild February, punctuated by a few significant rain events... This all led to lower than average yields across our Pinot Noir blocks, primarily driven by tighter, smaller bunches – the consequence of which is naturally high acidity, great flavour and vibrant colours. Overall, tiny crops but amazing quality." - Winery Vintage Notes