Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018 has dont it again. Pinot Noirs like this usually retail for $50+
Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018 has dont it again. Pinot Noirs like this usually retail for $50+.
Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018 has done it again. It's turned out another spectacular pinot noir. Here's what Mike Bennie on the winefront had to say:
"The roll call of vineyards are formidable, Applejack, Primavera, Sexton, Tarraford, Wombat Creek, and they combine here like Voltron. About 40% is whole bunch here. Starts with a meaty savouriness, rolls on with sour and sweet cherry, whiffs of briar, white pepper. Nice fragrance. Palate is awash with the flavours of the scent, sour-sweet, pepper, tangy and bright. It’s quite transparent, quite crunchy, quite edgy even – a wine that bristles in the palate while it soars in bouquet. A chill likely would tame the mad angles and temper the squirts of tart-peaky cherry flavours and fold in some of the green-peppery stuff. It’s got high drinkability which ever way you look at it, though, just perhaps not the finesse one expects when ‘pinot noir’ and ‘Giant Steps’ sit on a label. Rated: 91 Points Tasted: NOV18 Alcohol: 13.5% Price: $35 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2018 - 2023" - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front.
Where this wine comes from - Yarra Valley
Just 50 kilometres from Melbourne, Victoria’s Yarra Valley is a star of the wine regions surrounding the city, known as the ‘Melbourne Dress Circle’. With plenty of microclimates and sub-regions, the Yarra Valley doesn’t have a weak link. Certainly the region’s reputation has been built on the quality of its cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. As far as Chardonnay goes, Yarra Valley strikes the right balance of ripeness, without going over the edge. There’s white peach, lemon pith and Fuji apple supported by a fine spine of citrus-like acidity complemented by supportive oak maturation. The region’s Pinot Noir certainly produces that ethereal quality that Pinot-philes go crazy for – with lifted cherry notes, texture and length. Pinosity? It’s here in spades. Don’t discount Yarra Valley Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, which also have a long history in the region and are being recognised for producing their own unique regional styles. Game on!