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Personalised Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019 13.5% 750ml

Personalised Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019 13.5% 750ml

Produced from one of the “Top 100 Wineries in the World” the Giant Steps Pinot Noir is complex with terrific varietal character. With a minimalist approach to winemaking this Yarra Valley favourite oozes elegance and drinkability.

Hand picked, all fruit is chilled overnight to 12 degrees Celsius. Cold soak for 3 – 4 days, then allowed to warm to kick start fermentation Indigenous yeast. Fermented in small oak fermenters and stainless steel open vats The Dijon clones from the top of the hill were fermented as whole bunches, while the Pommard, Abel, D clones and MV6 were destemmed, soaked cold for 5 days, then allowed to warm gently into a wild ferment. All parcels were matured in French oak – 25% new, 75% older – for 8 months in 225L barriques. Racked to blend, no fining, no filtration. Bottled by gravity. 

Expert Review:
Patrick Eckel- 97 points- The Applejack Vineyard is in the Gladysdale sub-region if the upper Yarra Valley. The grapes are a blend of MV6, Abel and Pommard clones with the wine including some whole bunches and fermented using wild yeast. It was aged in French oak (25% new) for 8 months with no fining or filtration prior to bottling. This is a stunning Pinot Noir, it is pretty, structural and has a purity of fruit that is met in equal measure by subtle savoury texture from whole bunches and the delicate spice that comes from new French oak. The palate builds beautifully with a meld of red and black cherry; undergrowth, rhubarb and finely tuned acidity define the mid palate with the complex and long finish a layered expression of fruit and gentle spice. A benchmark example of Australian Pinot Noir.

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

Variety: Pinot Noir
Region: Yarra Valley, Victoria
Winemaker: Steve Flamsteed & Tony Fikkers

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