Giant Steps Yarra Valley


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2017 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir

2017 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir


Appellation: Yarra Valley
Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir
Clones: 115, MV6, Pommard
Harvested: March 2017
Bottled: January 2018
Alc/Vol (%): 13.5
TA (g/L): 6.1
pH: 3.54
Cellaring: Two - ten years
Cases: 550

2017 was a textbook cool climate vintage. The preceding winter was cool to cold (good vine dormancy) with good rainfall and ground saturation as the valley moved into spring. The growing season was characterized by intermittent rainfall with otherwise cool to mild days, bright sunshine and importantly, no temperature peaks. As a result, all varieties enjoyed slower ripening where acids, sugar and flavor stayed well in-sync. The resulting wines have terrific structure and detail, underpinned by crisp natural acidity and bright fruit.

Hand-picked without additions.
25% (115 clone) was transferred as whole bunches to small oak and stainless steel open vats. The remainder (MV6 and Pommard clone) was destemmed and transferred as whole berries to the fermenters.
Fermentations were indigenous and left alone with little cap work, relying upon carbonic maceration for extraction.
Pressed at dryness to new and used 228L tight grain French barriques for 10 months – 25% new, 75% older.
Bottled by gravity with no fining or filtration.
Made without animal products.

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