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The Applejack Pinot Noir is from the cooler climes of the Yarra Valley. A cornerstone of the Giant Steps range, the Applejack vineyard thrives at the higher altitude. The wine is replete with spice, perfume and finesse. With 60% whole bunches and a splash of new oak though the wine has plenty of oomph - it really is the complete package. These '16 Giant Steps wines are all of very high quality. Without a doubt benchmarks for the region. There is not much to go around in 2016, and Applejack is often the fastest to go. If you love Pinot Noir, do not hesitate over these releases.
What it Tastes Like
A silk pillow of a Pinot Noir. Lightly glossy oak cradles red cherry and plum flavours. It's floral, it's flighty. But it's got bass as well. Balanced and beautifully well-rounded. High pixel tannin. It's a gorgeous wine.
96 points. "MV6 and 114 clones, wild yeast fermented in stainless steel and an open oak vat, 50% whole bunches, delestage by gravity, matured in French oak (25% new) for 11 months. Bright and clear hue; a highly fragrant bouquet of red flowers and fruits leads a silky, elegant and relatively light-bodied palate, but don't be deceived: this has the greatest symmetry and length of the '16 Giant Steps Pinots." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion) 95 points. "Medium to full red/purple colour and a lifted, fragrant bouquet involving some whole-bunch fermentation stemminess. Black cherries as well. Fruit-sweet, very ripe and succulent in the mouth. It's at the fuller end of medium-bodied. Very good and will repay cellaring." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)
Applejack Vineyard was planted in 1997 by highly respected viticulturist Ray Guerin Today it is meticulously managed by his son Mark. Applejack Vineyard is situated in the Upper Yarra Valley, to the south-east of the traditional valley floor. The higher altitudes result in cooler growing conditions - ideal for Pinot Noir. Applejack Vineyard is located on a dramatic, north-east-facing slope with close-planted vines. This vineyard was purchased by Phil Sexton in 2013.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2026
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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