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Lusatia Park has been a happy hunting ground for a multitude of winemakers looking for quality Yarra Valley grapes over the years. Some of the biggest names in Yarra wine frequently acquire its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this year, some found its way into the masterful hands of Steve Flamsteed at Giant Steps. And we are so glad it did. In his review of the 2015, James Halliday said it "Takes the concept of elegant generosity to another level..." and rated it 97 points - one of three such scores for the Giant Steps Pinots this year! These 1985 plantings produce fruit with sublime balance. This release struts the catwalk between a beautiful, floral and delicate wine and something more savoury and spicy. An angel's face with a devil's soul.
What it Tastes Like
"Superb colour; the ultra-fragrant/scented bouquet is picked up unceremoniously by the brilliant palate and dispatched to the boundary. Takes the concept of elegant generosity to another level with more movement in the chorus of red fruit flavours than you might think possible. Combines elegance with spicy, savoury intensity." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
97 points. "Superb colour; the ultra-fragrant/scented bouquet is picked up unceremoniously by the brilliant palate and dispatched to the boundary. Takes the concept of elegant generosity to another level with more movement in the chorus of red fruit flavours than you might think possible. Combines elegance with spicy, savoury intensity." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
APPELLATION: Yarra Valley VARIETAL: 100% Pinot Noir CLONE: MV6 HARVESTED: February 2015 BOTTLED: January 2016 VOLUME: 3,100 bottles ALC/VOL: 13.5% TA: 6.1 g/L PH: 3.64 CLOSURE: Screw Cap CELLARING: Now - 10 years WINEMAKER REPORT Lovely winter rains and a wonderful spring made for a good, even fruit set. Ideal summer growing conditions, with an average January temperature of 27.5°C. We had a welcome rain event in mid February that gave us a little breathing space. Good yields were matched in harmony with pristine fruit quality. VINIFICATION / MATURATION: • Natural winemaking philosophy, while making quality the priority. • Minimal intervention in the vineyard. • 100% hand-picked. • 100% indigenous fermentation in 4000L open oak vats, 30% whole bunch. • Delestage by gravity, occasional plunges • 100% malolactic fermentation. • 11 months in new and used French puncheons, 25% new, 75% older. • Bottled by gravity. • No filtration at bottling.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Giant Steps is a premium Yarra Valley outfit founded by Phil Sexton located in the in the township of Healesville. Since appointing Steve Flamsteed as his head winemaker and eventual business partner, Sexton and Flamsteed have developed a reputation for producing some of the region’s finest examples of single vineyard wines.
From the vineyard to the final bottled wine, every aspect of the Giant Steps process is geared towards making truly world-class wines. The focus is on what the Yarra does best - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Shiraz/Syrah and Bordeaux-variety blends - and showcasing the unique terroirs of some of the region’s finest vineyards.
For three years running, Wine and Spirit Magazine have named them as one of the Top 100 wineries in the world, and winemaker Steve Flamsteed capped off an amazing run by being named Gourmet Traveller Wine’s 2016 Winemaker of the Year, another jewel in the Giant Steps crown. Their ultra modern cellar door is one of the must-visit experiences for any wine tourist stopping through the Yarra Valley.
The Yarra Valley stands tall as one of the country’s finest cool-climate wine regions. Only a short jaunt from Melbourne, the Yarra has become a tourist hot-spot for its stunning scenery, high quality produce, and of course, as the home to some of the country’s most iconic wine producers. From the extraordinarily elegant Cabernets and Syrahs that populate the ‘Valley floor’, to the precise and complex versions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that hail from the higher climes of the Yarra, this region is diverse and in a state of change. As temperatures rise and phylloxera infiltrates each pocket of the Yarra Valley, the range of alternative varieties from continental Europe is sure to increase to create a more colourful picture of the region. The Yarra embodies so much of what is great about the modern Australian wine scene.
No variety captures the hearts and minds of the wine lover quite like Pinot Noir. It’s the unicorn of many a winemaker. Notoriously fickle to grow, this delicate red variety can deliver a kaleidoscope of flavours and aromas, from the bright and floral to the moody and mysterious and everything in between. The cooler regions of Australia are where Pinot Noir is most at home. Look to Tasmania and Victoria for the best examples, with some quality wines beginning to show from the Great Southern and from the cooler parts of NSW. Falling in love with Pinot Noir can be a life long affair, beware the charms of this most enchanting of grapes.
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