Giant Steps Yarra Valley


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2018 Giant Steps Wombat Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir

2018 Giant Steps Wombat Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir


Appellation: Yarra Valley
Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir
Clones: MV6
Harvested: April 2018
Bottled: January 2019
Alc/Vol (%): 13.5
TA (g/L): 5.85
pH: 3.66
Cellaring: Two - ten years
Cases: 400

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.

Hand-picked without additions.
Picked in 2 parcels, in both cases 20% was destemmed to the base of the vat to commence a “pied de cuve” ferment. The vats were then filled to the brim with whole bunches and closed up to allow a semi carbonic maceration to occur. After the vats were clearly fermenting a small amount of juice from the base was splashed back over the top of each vat. Occasional foot stomps were done to release a little more juice into the ferment and extend the time on skins.
Pressed after 2 weeks to new and used 228L tight grain French barriques for 10 months – 18 % new, 82% older.
Bottled by gravity with no fining or filtration.

The Vineyard:
Location: Gladysdale
Planted: 1988
Elevation: 420 meters
Soil Type: Volcanic loam (red / ferrous)
Aspect: North-east facing slopes
Size: 39 acres
Wombat Creek Vineyard is the highest altitude vineyard in the Yarra Valley, making it an ideal location for the production of extreme cool climate wines. The vineyard was originally planted in 1988 with the intention of producing base wine for sparkling production but over the years has been gradually transitioned to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for table wine. The underlying ferrous (red) based volcanic soil and rock produce a distinctively soft yet long and firm palate that contrasts with the finer palates seen from the nearby Applejack Vineyard (basalt based volcanic).

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