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2018 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Syrah

2018 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Syrah

37.50

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

SEASON:
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.

VINIFICATION:
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:
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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