Giant Steps Yarra Valley


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2017 Giant Steps TOSQ Vineyard Pinot Noir

2017 Giant Steps TOSQ Vineyard Pinot Noir


Vineyard: Tosq Vineyard, Certifed Organic – Biogro.
Owners: Owned and managed by the Thompson Family
Appellation: Pisa District, Central Otago
Varietals: Pinot Noir
Clones: 115, Pommard, Abel (Gumboot clone), 777 & 667
Harvested: April 2017
Bottled: June 2018
Alc/Vol (%): 14.0
TA (g/L): 6.9
pH: 3.57
Cellaring: Up to 10 years

2017 was long, dry and perhaps the coolest in the last 15 years. The cooler conditions had a huge effect on berry size and yields were extremely low. Nights during the ripening season were also very cold, there was a small snow event up on the hills in late March! Small berries and small bunches meant the fruit intensity was incredible. The organic sites maintained a lush green canopy right up to harvest and the fruit was pristine.

The vineyard is tucked into a corner of the Pisa District, Central Otago, close to the Wanaka/Cromwell Highway SH6. Situated on river and glacial terraces, sheltered to some extent from the worst of the cold south winds by ‘Sugarloaf’, a local landmark feature which marks the physical end of a previous glacial advance.

The dominant Pisa Range to the west reaches 1964 metres. These mountains create a rain shadow effect, meaning that the annual rainfall received on our vineyards of around 400mm per annum is approximately one third less than is received the other side of the range in the Queenstown and Wanaka basins

Indigenous yeast.
Fermented in small open fermenters – lots of whole bunch.
Four weeks maceration.
Post pressing the wine sails across to the Yarra for the completion of MLF and barrel maturation.
Matured in 228L barriques, 25% new. Coopers D & J and Taransaud
Bottled by gravity  

The Vineyard was planted and is worked by the Thompson family - Carl (also known as Thommo), Oscar, Sue and Quinn.

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