Giant Steps Yarra Valley


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2018 Giant Steps Primavera Vineyard Pinot Noir

2018 Giant Steps Primavera Vineyard Pinot Noir


Appellation: Yarra Valley
Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir
Clones: G8V3, MV6, 114
Harvested: March 2018
Bottled: January 2019
Alc/Vol (%): 13.5
TA (G/L): 6.71
pH: 3.56
Cellaring: Two - five years
Cases: 580

A fantastic Spring with highly successful flowering allowed us to shoot thin and cluster select down to one bunch per shoot. The whole ripening season was a little earlier than average and despite some good January rain, the overall growing season was relatively dry. We picked fruit with lower sugars but with beautiful flavour and stem ripeness. The resulting wines have lower alcohol, but similar acid levels to the 2017, but with a little more tannin structure. All the 18 Pinots have lovely perfume, colour and a very generous mouthfeel.

The 114 and a parcel of the MV6 were transferred to open vats as whole bunches, while the G8V3 was destemmed for a long cold soak and fermented separately - as a perfume component. All vats were indigenous fermentation, the whole bunch vats got an occasional foot stomp to release a little more juice into the fermentation. 11 months in new and used French barriques - 8% new, 92% older.
Bottled by gravity, no filtration at bottling.

The Vineyard:
Location: Woori Yallock
Planted: 2001
Elevation: 230 meters
Soil type: Red clay loam
Aspect: North and north-east facing slopes
Size: 49 acres
After discovering Yarra Valley wines 25 years ago Lou Primavera planted this vineyard in Hoddles Creek in 2001. We have a long-standing relationship with the Primavera family - having sourced fruit from the vineyard for some years. Testament to the increasing quality of this site, we are now producing a single vineyard Pinot Noir from Primavera.

Note also available in Mandarin

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