2021 Giant Steps Fatal Shore Pinot Noir

Coal River Valley, TAS

Solidly-structured and densely-fruited Pinot sourced from the Coal River Valley in Tasmania.



Rated 5.0 stars
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Almost luscious. A very impressive pinot.

Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

About The Wine

Steve Flamsteed and crew have gone south to uncover a different style of Pinot; a layered and powerful one with fruit sourced from southern Tasmania.

Coming from a single vineyard, and trucked and sailed across the Bass Strait direct to the Yarra overnight. Made with a variety of tactics - some whole bunch, some whole berry, fermenting in both oak and stainless - you'll find a much deeper and broodier style of Pinot here.

Lots of dark fruit flavours, firm tannin on the sides and a good kick of acidity - serious quality all around and still expresses that signature Giant Steps style. Cellaring preferred...

About Giant Steps

Giant Steps is a premium Yarra Valley outfit founded by Phil Sexton and 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.

In 2021 the wonderful Melanie Chester joined the team as the new head winemaker - the future sure is bright at Giant Steps!

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.

Steve Flamsteed tasting his next vintage
Steve Flamsteed tasting his next vintage
Yarra Valley, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

In our obsession with Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs from great Pinot growing areas around the world, we have gone as far south (and as cold) as you can go in this country. Despite the cool temperatures, the sunlight hours are long and intense and we are intrigued by the depth of palate and colour that is possible from this landscape. While it is made with the Giant Steps gentle winemaking approach, the result is clearly a world apart in terroir.

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV : 13.5%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2033
Bottle Size : 750ml

One of the beautiful Yarra Valley vineyards under the custody of Giant Steps
One of the beautiful Yarra Valley vineyards under the custody of Giant Steps
Yarra Valley, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Real Review

"Bright, glowing youthful purple-red colour, medium depth; the bouquet is concentrated and rich, plummy and dark-cherried, bold and bright and punchy. The wine is at the fuller bodied end of the Aussie pinot spectrum. Great depth of concentrated black-cherry flavour, terrific length and assertive but nicely balanced tannins. Almost luscious. A very impressive pinot." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

Halliday Wine Companion

"From the Nocton vineyard in Coal River Valley. Hand picked by 10.30am, into a refrigerated container. The MV6 clone (60%) is whole bunches and the D5V12 clone is fully destemmed. All barriques, 20% new. A gorgeous, bright, crimson. Perfumed and seductive, this leaps out of the glass with an array of aromas including red and black fruits, peony, Asian spices, orange peel and a hint of fresh vanilla bean. More sweet fruited and textured on the mid palate compared to the more fine-boned and linear Yarra single-vineyard pinots. Concentrated but not heavy, with ripe, gently chewy and persistent tannins rounding out an impressive and still quite tightly wound wine, that will need another year or 2 to relax and really hit its straps." - Philip Rich (Halliday Wine Companion)

The Wine Front

"This sits back in the palate, rather than forward. It’s pinot sitting up the back of the bus. It’s as much plum as red cherry though either way, it has a macerated character and feel, woven through with sweet cedarwood, and mint. Composure was the word that came to mind. It’s a neat wine, well-enough powered, with length through the finish in its favour. It also has a subtle candied aspect to the acidity, and tannin that clumps ever-so-slightly; the latter of which will resolve as it matures, which it’s been designed to do." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

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    Big bold and dramatic

    Needs time to be fully appreciated.

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