Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

2022 Pinot Noir

Yarra Valley, Victoria

From $48.00 per bottle
    Halliday Wine Companion
    "A 50/50% mix of upper and lower Yarra fruit. Fermented with mainly whole berries and matured in French oak (10% new). A bright ruby crimson. Expressive with aromas of satsuma plums, strawberry coulis, fennel seeds and a hint of star anise. With its core of ripe yet well-delineated fruit and firm-ish, balanced tannins, this is more concentrated and muscular than the 2021. It will age well, too, for those that find themselves with a bottle seven to 10 years from now." - Philip Rich
    96 points, May 2023.

    Wine Details

    • Region Yarra Valley, Victoria
    • Vintage 2022
    • Type Red Wine
    • Variety Pinot Noir
    • Vegan Friendly
    • Volume 750ml
    • Alcohol Volume 13.5%
    • PH

      3.52

    • Standard Drinks 8
    • Acidity

      5.30g/L

    • Closure ScrewCap
    • Bottling Date

      OCTOBER 2022

    • Harvest Date

      FEB - APRIL 2022

    • Background

      Yarra Valley

    • Vintage Notes

      2022 was a high quality but low yielding season in the Yarra Valley. A very cool, wet and stormy spring resulted in some challenging conditions around flowering and hence very poor fruit set. The season proceeded to dry out into December, with a dry and warm Christmas period. This exacerbated the already small bunch weights, leading to bunches that weighed up to 40% lower than normal years. The mild summer meant long, slow ripening and flavour concentration throughout summer, with some well-placed rain in January refreshing the vineyards at just the right time. The strong canopies and low fruit load meant we sailed neatly into picking with very little disease or weather pressure affecting our picking decisions. The grapes from 2022 came off the vine with lovely concentration and flavour with great natural acidity and tannin.

    • Vineyard Notes

      Sourced from vineyards across the Yarra Valley. 50% sourced from the upper Yarra ranges.

    • Winemaking

      All Giant Steps fruit is 100% hand-picked. Our grapes are then chilled overnight before processing. The Pinot is either fermented as 100% whole bunches or 100% destemmed with whole berries. The whole bunch treatments have a warm start to fermentation, with minimal mixing throughout the start of fermentation to promote carbonic maceration. These ferments are then left for up to 21 days on skins before pressing. The destemmed and whole berry batches are held cold at 4℃ for four days before the ferment is allowed to heat up and start fermentation naturally with indigenous yeasts. Cold soaked for 3 days, then allowed to warm in small open fermenters in order to kick start wild fermentation. Parcels are matured in French oak (10% new, 90% older) for eight months. Blended in October and then bottled by gravity without fining or filtration in November.

    • Food Matches

      Turmeric and garlic roasted chicken with couscous. Mushroom Risotto with roasted enoki. BBQ Quail with five spice, fried spring onion and garlic flakes.

    Halliday Wine Companion
    "A 50/50% mix of upper and lower Yarra fruit. Fermented with mainly whole berries and matured in French oak (10% new). A bright ruby crimson. Expressive with aromas of satsuma plums, strawberry coulis, fennel seeds and a hint of star anise. With its core of ripe yet well-delineated fruit and firm-ish, balanced tannins, this is more concentrated and muscular than the 2021. It will age well, too, for those that find themselves with a bottle seven to 10 years from now." - Philip Rich
    96 points, May 2023.

    Wine Details

    • Region Yarra Valley, Victoria
    • Vintage 2022
    • Type Red Wine
    • Variety Pinot Noir
    • Vegan Friendly
    • Volume 750ml
    • Alcohol Volume 13.5%
    • PH

      3.52

    • Standard Drinks 8
    • Acidity

      5.30g/L

    • Closure ScrewCap
    • Bottling Date

      OCTOBER 2022

    • Harvest Date

      FEB - APRIL 2022

    • Background

      Yarra Valley

    • Vintage Notes

      2022 was a high quality but low yielding season in the Yarra Valley. A very cool, wet and stormy spring resulted in some challenging conditions around flowering and hence very poor fruit set. The season proceeded to dry out into December, with a dry and warm Christmas period. This exacerbated the already small bunch weights, leading to bunches that weighed up to 40% lower than normal years. The mild summer meant long, slow ripening and flavour concentration throughout summer, with some well-placed rain in January refreshing the vineyards at just the right time. The strong canopies and low fruit load meant we sailed neatly into picking with very little disease or weather pressure affecting our picking decisions. The grapes from 2022 came off the vine with lovely concentration and flavour with great natural acidity and tannin.

    • Vineyard Notes

      Sourced from vineyards across the Yarra Valley. 50% sourced from the upper Yarra ranges.

    • Winemaking

      All Giant Steps fruit is 100% hand-picked. Our grapes are then chilled overnight before processing. The Pinot is either fermented as 100% whole bunches or 100% destemmed with whole berries. The whole bunch treatments have a warm start to fermentation, with minimal mixing throughout the start of fermentation to promote carbonic maceration. These ferments are then left for up to 21 days on skins before pressing. The destemmed and whole berry batches are held cold at 4℃ for four days before the ferment is allowed to heat up and start fermentation naturally with indigenous yeasts. Cold soaked for 3 days, then allowed to warm in small open fermenters in order to kick start wild fermentation. Parcels are matured in French oak (10% new, 90% older) for eight months. Blended in October and then bottled by gravity without fining or filtration in November.

    • Food Matches

      Turmeric and garlic roasted chicken with couscous. Mushroom Risotto with roasted enoki. BBQ Quail with five spice, fried spring onion and garlic flakes.

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