Giant Steps Yarra Valley


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2018 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir

2018 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir


Appellation: Yarra Valley
100% Pinot Noir
Clones: MV6, Pommard
Harvested: March 2018
Bottled: January 2019
Alc/Vol (%): 13.5
TA (g/L): 6.06
pH: 3.54
Cellaring: Two - ten years
Cases: 450

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 a unique perfume, bright colour and a very generous mouthfeel.

Hand-picked without additions.
The 115 was transferred as whole bunches to small open oak vats. The MV6 remainder was destemmed and transferred as whole berries to a separate fermenter.
Fermentations were both 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.

The Vineyard:
Location: Gruyere
Planted: 1997
Elevation: 130 - 210 meters
Soil Type: Grey clay loam over granite / ironstone.
Aspect: North facing slopes
Size: 75 acres
Located on the steep north facing slopes of the Warramate Ranges, the Sexton Vineyard is exposed and demanding. Being on the higher slopes, topsoil is thin and root systems have established themselves in shallow gravelly loams above a tough rocky clay base. Bunch yields set naturally low in this environment, resulting in intensely flavoured fruit with high skin to juice ratio.

Note also available in Mandarin

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