Giant Steps is a privately owned, estate based, Yarra Valley grower and winemaker that has forged a reputation for delivering some of Australia’s most consistent, over-performing, varietal wines. The Giant Steps Single Vineyard range is produced from the most site-expressive fruit from the best vineyards, in great years. Their aim is to express in each wine the character of the site, grape and vintage, and this they achieve by meticulous work in the vineyard and minimum intervention in the winery. Head winemaker Steve Flamsteed and his team are making some of the best wines in Australia from these sites.
All the fruit was chilled overnight to 12°C, before undergoing a cold soak for three to four days. The winery use a combination of destemming and whole bunch fermentation. All batches underwent indigenous yeast fermentation in open top oak vats or stainless steel. The wine was then matured for eight months in tight grain 225L French barriques (25% new, 75% older) before being bottled by gravity, without fining or filtration.
'I have always enjoyed the Pinot from the Applejack Vineyard for its purity and perfume which is revealed layer after layer. The wine has a medium intense ruby red colour, and a red berry fruit profile along with fine herbs and earthy notes. Truly exquisite.' Anja Breit, Philglas & Swiggot