Giant Steps Yarra Valley


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2018 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Syrah

2018 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Syrah


Appellation: Yarra Valley
Vineyards: Tarraford Vineyard
Variety: 100% Syrah - Red Dog 67 clone; PT23
Harvested: March, 2018
Bottled: July, 2019
Alc/Vol (%): 14.0
TA (g/L): 6.37
pH: 3.68
Cellaring: Now – 8 years

A fantastic Spring with a highly successful flowering allowing us to shoot thin and cluster select down to just 1 bunch per shoot.
We had a good supply of deep soil moisture from a wet winter, some January rain, followed by a long dry finish to the ripening period.
The growing season was warmer and the ripening earlier than 2017, but 2018 was defined by a massive amount of vine and canopy energy.
Just perfect growing weather really. We picked fruit with dark colours, lovely skin and seed tannin and good natural acid levels.

Syrah all grown at the Tarraford Vineyard.
The majority comes from the young blocks of Red Dog 67 clone that we have grafted from our original block 2 vines.
This wine is a blend of three different fermenters, one of which was 100% whole bunch and two completely destemmed. One destemmed component spent an extended period on skins to extract a little extra tannin.
The three components were matured separately in seasoned French oak puncheons for 14 months prior to blending and bottling.
Whole bunch component across the blend is 33%.
No fining; no filtration.

The Yarra Valley range is made from handpicked fruit from our estate vineyards. The wines are produced using indigenous yeasts, gravity-flow winemaking, with minimal fining and filtration. This approach produces highly expressive wines, true to the regional characteristics of the Yarra Valley.

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