Giant Steps Yarra Valley


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2018 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Syrah

2018 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Syrah


Appellation: Yarra Valley
Varietals: 100% Syrah
Clones: RD67 (Red Dog) clone (blk 4) & mixed clones from block 5 (the oldest block at Tarraford)
Harvested: March 2018
Bottled: May 2019
Alc/Vol (%): 14.0
TA (g/L): 6.37
pH: 3.68
Cellaring: Two - ten years

A fantastic Spring, highly successful flowering allowing us to shoot thin and cluster select down to 1 bunch per shoot. Ripening was warmer, faster and earlier than 2017. Despite some January rain, the overall growing season was drier than average. We picked the fruit with lovely skin tannins and good natural acid levels. The resultant wine is darker in colour and more tannic than the 2017 while still retaining the elegance expected from a Yarra Syrah.

The final Tarraford blend consists of 55% block 5 Syrah and 45% block 4 Syrah.
Blk 5 is the original block of Syrah at Tarraford – the block from which we first isolated the Red Dog clone. This component was fermented with 100% whole bunches but destemmed after one week and returned to the same fermenter without the stalks.
Blk 4 is a younger block planted entirely of Red Dog clone sourced from blk 5. This component was 100% destemmed and got one week of post ferment maceration to develop the tannins.
The two components were matured separately in seasoned French oak puncheons for 14 months prior to blending and bottling.
Whole bunch component across the blend is 55%.
No fining; no filtration.
Bottled by gravity.

Location: Tarrawarra
Planted: 1988
Elevation: 100 meters
Soil Type: Grey clay loam
Aspect: North, south and east facing slopes
Size: 21 acres
Located in a protected valley, Tarraford Vineyard has a discreet microclimate, that is cooler than neighbouring sites. A diversity of aspect and clone provides multifaceted winemaking opportunities.

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