Giant Steps Yarra Valley


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2017 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Syrah

2017 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Syrah


Appellation: Yarra Valley
Varietals: 100% Syrah
Clones: RD67 (Red Dog)
Harvested: March 2017
Bottled: February 2018
Alc/Vol (%): 14.0
TA (g/L): 6.37
pH: 3.56
Cellaring: Two - ten years
Cases: 450

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.
The fruit was divided into two components 100% destemmed and 100% whole-bunch. The whole berry component was left to cold soak for four days, then allowed to warm into a wild ferment. The whole bunch component was left in a blanket of carbon dioxide, untouched for a week, before commencing a daily foot stomp (pigeage) with indigenous fermentation commencing as the fruit warmed.
Both components were cross seeded with a Rhone isolate yeast late in the ferment to ensure they finished dry.
Pressed at dryness to new and used 500L French puncheons for ten months - 25% new, 75% older.
After blending the whole bunch component across the blend was 35%.
Bottled by gravity with no fining or filtration.
Made without animal products.

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