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2018 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

2018 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

35.00

Appellation: Yarra Valley
Vineyards: Sexton, Tarraford, Applejack, Primavera, Wombat Creek Vineyards
Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir
Harvested: February - March 2018
Bottled: November, 2018
Alc/Vol (%): 13.5
TA (g/L): 6.10
pH: 3.6
Cellaring: Now – 6 years

SEASON:
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.

VINIFICATION:
100% hand-picked, all fruit is chilled overnight to 12 deg C
Cold soak for 3 – 4 days, then allowed to warm to kick start wild fermentation.
Ferments are in small open fermenters – both stainless steel and oak
Parcels are divided into either destemmed or whole bunch
Overall whole bunch in the blend is 40%
Matured in French oak – 10% new, 90% older – for 8 months – a combination of 225L barriques and 4000 Litre oak vats.
Bottled by gravity, no fining, no filtration.

FOOD:
Confit duck leg with gnocchi with shaved parmesan; baked forest mushrooms stuffed with black olive risotto; Summer Alpine Comte cheese, Ossau Iraty sheep’s milk cheese; char grilled eggplant, red capsicum and polenta with salsa verde.

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Giant Steps is a privately owned, estate based, Yarra Valley grower and winemaker. Giant Steps has forged a reputation for
delivering some of Australia’s most consistent, over-performing, varietal wines. The Yarra Valley range is made from handpicked fruit from all of our estate vineyards. The wines are produced using indigenous yeasts, gravity-flow winemaking, and minimal fining and wines, true to the regional characteristics of the Yarra Valley.