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Giant Steps Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Sexton 2011

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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 well up the slopes, topsoil is thin and root systems have estbalished themselves in shallow gravelly loams above a tough rocky clay base. Vigour and 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.

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Giant Steps Winery Pty Ltd:
Our winery in the Yarra Valley is home to Giant Steps Vignerons and Innocent Bystander winemakers. Situated in the heart of Healesville, the winery has been described as the "mecca of all things great!" Come and try the full range of Innocent Bystander and Giant Steps wines, all made in small batches in our gravity flow winery. Tastings available everyday. Free winery tours at 11am and 3pm dai... Read more
Our winery in the Yarra Valley is home to Giant Steps Vignerons and Innocent Bystander winemakers. Situated in the heart of Healesville, the winery has been described as the "mecca of all things great!" Come and try the full range of Innocent Bystander and Giant Steps wines, all made in small batches in our gravity flow winery. Tastings available everyday. Free winery tours at 11am and 3pm daily. Giant Steps was established in 1997 by the Sexton family soon after they took a giant step by selling their highly successful Devils Lair Winery in Margaret River and moving to the Yarra Valley. Giant Steps is named after the first solo album by John Coltrane, who also made a leap of faith when he split with Miles Davis in the late 1950s. Giant Steps, first released in 2001, focuses exclusively on the distinctive expression of single vineyard sites in the Yarra Valley. Grapes are drawn from estate vineyards, including the Sexton Vineyard on the Warramate Range, situated on a steep, north-facing hillside site; as well as parcels from long-term contracted growers, supported by strong relationships and meticulous supervision throughout the year. These sites include the Tarraford Vineyard in nearby Tarrawarra, Arthurs Creek Vineyard, Miller Vineyard (Jimmy Watson winner) in Steels Creek, and the Gladysdale Vineyard in the much higher Gladysdale district. Under winemaker Steve Flamsteed, the wines are vinified at the specialised gravity-flow, small-batch winery in the Yarra Valley’s historic town of Healesville. The winemaking process involves minimal intervention to faithfully express each wine’s vineyard site, vintage and culture. Read less

Member Reviews for Giant Steps Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Sexton

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 12/12/2011

bold fruit filled with bing cherries, and raspberries, easy drinking


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 12/07/2008

This is my style of Pinot Noir. Lovely and earthy. Yum. Colour: Cherry in colour with crispness. Aroma: Cherry and earthiness Taste: Lovely earthiness, good cherry and soft tannins


Snooth User: reesespcs
1718025
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 04/27/2009

like this wine...not your wimpy pinot..nice color and good earthy taste...yummy

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External Reviews for Giant Steps Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Sexton

External Review
Vintage: 2010 02/03/2012

A single vineyard wine from the Sexton vineyard planted in 1997, the 2010 Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir underwent a wild fermentation in small open top fermenters using 10% whole bunches and was matured 11 months in new (30%) and older French oak barriq... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Pinot Noir wine from Victoria in Australia. 2010 Giant Steps Pinot Noir Sexton Vineyard 750ml


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Vintage: 2010 01/11/2012

Light, bright red. An exotic, perfumed bouquet displays raspberry, blackberry, sandalwood and lavender, plus a hint of blood orange. Racy but deep in red and dark berry flavor, showing exotic floral and spice nuances and strong minerality. Finishe... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Pinot Noir wine from Victoria in Australia. 2010 Giant Steps Pinot Noir Sexton Vineyard 750ml



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 well up the slopes, topsoil is thin and root systems have estbalished themselves in shallow gravelly loams above a tough rocky clay base. Vigour and 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.

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