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Steve Flamsteed's phenomenal suite of Giant Steps releases are some of the most articulate wines of the Yarra Valley. His focus on the preservation of vineyard character in the wines creates subtle, nuanced detail in each release which, as you drink them, transports you around the region. This premium Pinot was made with 100% whole bunches and treated gently from day one. Grown by Lou Primavera, high up in the Upper Yarra, the Primavera Vineyard Pinot Noir walks the line between sweet fruit and savoury undergrowth with a fleet foot. For class and character from the Yarra Valley, they just don't get any better than this.
What it Tastes Like
Poached strawberry, sweet fruit, some clove and christmas cake entwined with asian spice and green herb. Lovely nose, palate strung with whole-bunchy tannin like the spindly threads of a spider web. Long and sleek in style with a wild edge. Great stuff.
97 points. "Deepish red/purple colour, youthful and the bouquet is stemmy and herbal, with undergrowth, foresty notes uppermost. Plummy more than cherried, with smoky foresty overtones. Complex and superb, with great intensity and length. A concentrated, penetrating pinot. Wonderful depth and character, power and fascination. Great pinot!" - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)
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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