2020 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Syrah Carignan Grenache

Giant Steps |Yarra Valley |Shiraz Blends
A delicious Rhone blend from one of the Yarra Valley's top producers! A slurpable yet complex Syrah-dominant gem.
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Description

There is plenty of Shiraz in the Yarra Valley but not too much Grenache and Carignan, two other popular varieties that often feature in Mediterranean red blends.

Giant Steps do have a little of all three of these varieties planted on their Sexton and Tarraford vineyards, and they lend this mid-weight, early-drinking red some real spiciness and herbal interest. Last years debut vintage picked up some huge accolades and we think this is another superb release.

It's both superbly lithe and eminently drinkable, this would be excellent value house red fit for all occasions.

Winemaking
The Syrah comes from the Sexton and Tarraford Vineyards, the Carignan and the Grenache are grown at the Tarraford Vineyard.The Syrah is predominantly the Red Dog 67 clone that we have propagated from our original block 2 vines – that clone is unique to Tarraford and carries a special perfume. Each variety and parcel is fermented separately in small open vats with varying degrees of whole bunch and whole berry fermentation, before being matured in large and small oak for 18 months.The final blend was completed in the Spring of 2021 and left in tank to settle and come together until bottling just before Christmas, by gravity, no fining, no filtration.This blend is inspired by the band of fresh delicious early drinking reds being produced in the cool regions of Australia.

Vintage Notes
2020 was a particularly challenging vintage across much of Australia, but we were very lucky here in the Yarra Valley. It was a bit of a rollercoaster - with a cool, wet Spring, a dry December and then a mild February, punctuated by a few significant rain events... Harvest weather was moderate and stable as we went into a classic Indian summer. The Syrah, Carignan and Grenache were highly perfumed, rich and ripe.

Vineyard Notes
Tarraford and Sexton Vineyards

Varietals - Syrah, Carignan, Grenache
Region -Yarra Valley, Victoria
Alcohol Volume - 14%
PH - 3.61
Acidity - 6.0 g/L
Harvest Date - March 2020

Customer Reviews

4.8
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
Based on 6 reviews
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6 reviews
  • SC
    Scott C.
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    1 year ago
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    2019 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Syrah Carignan Grenache
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    An Interesting Blend

    Not your usual wine from the Yarra Valley but it is a great wine to drink. Fully ripe dark berries and a subtle earthy minerality make for a complex and interesting wine.

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    Rick M.
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    1 year ago
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    2019 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Syrah Carignan Grenache
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Outstanding

    A beautiful well balanced Yarra Valley grenache... really enjoy the dark plummy flavours and a hint of pepper... really good drop

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    Matthew T.
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    2019 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Syrah Carignan Grenache
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious drop!

    Being a fan of Giant Steps I can't believe I hadn't tried this blend till now. Perhaps overshadowed by the superstars in the Pinot Noir stable this wine is really good and sits comfortably among its stable mates on the quality scale vs value scale. I truely love how Giant Steps wines always punch above their price tag.

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Giant Steps

Giant Steps is a premium Yarra Valley outfit founded by Phil Sexton and located in the township of Healesville. Beginning with the vision of original head winemaker Steve Flamsteed, Giant Steps developed an international reputation for producing some of Australia's finest examples of single vineyard Pinot Noir & Chardonnay.

In 2021 the exceptionally talented Melanie Chester joined the team as the new head of winemaking and viticulture, marking an exciting new chapter in this elite producer's story.

Every aspect of the Giant Steps process is geared towards making truly world-class wines from the vineyard to the final bottled wine. 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.

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