Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir 2022 6Pack 13% 750ML
2024 PINOT NOIR OF THE YEAR, TOP RATED PINOT NOIR
James Halliday Wine Companion Awards 2024
The key to this being one of the great pinot sites in Australia: east facing slope on grey soils. There’s a 100 metres of drop from the top of the vineyard to the bottom, which is pretty amazing. There’s also significant clonal diversity in this vineyard. It was planted in 1997. What a wine this is. It’s a bloom of fruit, it’s wild with herbs, there are sweet-sour nuances and there’s a controlled run to the finish. Winemaker Mel Chester says: ‘everything you love about pinot noir, is in this wine.’ A reductive savouriness, particularly noticeable on the finish, is the icing. This is a stunning wine. Stunning fruit, and stunning structure, and stunning length.
The Wine Front, 24 July, 2023
REGION: Yarra Valley
VARIETY: Pinot Noir
ALCOHOL VOL.: 13
Applejack Vineyard, in the upper Yarra Valley, was planted by respected viticulturist Ray Guerin. The higher altitude results in a cooler and extended growing season, ideally suited to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (3-4 weeks later than central Yarra Valley). Applejack Vineyard is located on a dramatic slope and is closely planted and fastidiously managed.
GIANT STEPS WINERY
Yarra Valley based vigneron, Phil Sexton lives with his family in the middle of their 32 hectare vineyard established on the high north face of the Warramate Ranges in the dress circle of the Yarra Valley.
Specialising in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Giant Steps explore site, micro climatic and clonal differences between several specialized vineyards in the Yarra Valley including their own multi-clonal vineyard and the highly regarded Tarraford vineyard. Focused intently upon reflecting the individual and unique characteristics of each single vineyard, Giant Steps adopts a minimalist approach to winemaking including, whenever possible, vinification using indigenous yeasts and gravity flow transfers.
Wine & Spirits Magazine Top 100 Winery of the Year 2013, 2014 and 2015
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 5-Star Winery
18 Trophies and 48 Gold Medals at Major Wine Shows from 2006 - 2015
Yarra Valley, Victoria
Melanie Chester, Jess Clarke & Steve Flamsteed