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View details Innocent Bystander Syrah 2014
$ 20.99 Innocent Bystander Syrah 2014
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Shiraz Viognier / Yarra Valley / Victoria
Very much in the style of a Rhône Syrah, aromatic, elegantly structured and suave, offering violet and white pepper notes, blueberries and soy over fine cherry tannins. Just a dash of Viognier imparts ethereal, teasing perfumes of honeysuckle and turkish delight. Fruit is hand picked from choice vineyards in the Pyrenees and Yarra Valley, treated to a course of old world style, whole berry ferments. Syrah is a great food wine, match with capsicum recipes and wild rice, the innocent bystander loves to feed!
 
View details Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir 2016
$ 20.99 Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir 2016
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PinotNoir / Yarra Valley / Victoria
For those who like their Pinot Noir to be long, savoury and lean, with oodles of fruit to wax lyrical about. A collation of harvests from the Sexton and Tarraford vineyards, with contributions from a fraternity of superior local growers. The uncrushed grapes are wild yeast fermented and treated to a light carbonic maceration in the manner of a Beaujolais, achieving a vigorously fruit driven Pinot Noir with crisp acids and stirring aromas. Enjoy alongside both versions of rare breast or crisp skinned duck, the perfect match to tapas and Al fresco faire.
 
View details Innocent Bystander Pinot Gris 2016
$ 17.99 Innocent Bystander Pinot Gris 2016
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PinotGris / Yarra Valley / Victoria
A new wave and the next big thing? Been around forever actually. Great Pinot Gris can only come from fine vineyards. There are two distinctive styles in Australia, zippy with lemon freshness and crisp acidity or the richer, textural, full bodied type. Both share an attractive mineral element that adds complexity. For all you anything but chardonnay drinkers, here's a generously flavoured white, derived from red coloured grapes, crisp and refined, born and bred for food, goes great with charcouterie, fresh seafoods or highly spiced cuisine.
 
View details Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato 375ml 2013
$ 10.99 Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato 375ml 2013
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Muscat / Swan Hill / Victoria
Great things come in small packages, at only 375ml, tiny little Pink Moscato has become a great big phenomenon. Why? It's the very definition of fun, one of the few indulgences in life which can be relied upon to set the perfect mood, whatever the ocassion and whoever the company. A true Moscato fashioned from the pick of the most succulent Muscat Gordo and Muscat of Hamburg grapes, light in alcohol, fantastically fizzed, brimming with berries and summer fruits, rose petal perfumes and luscious turkish delights.
 
View details Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato 2016
$ 18.99 Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato 2016
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Muscat / Swan Hill / Victoria
A lively cépage of Black and Gordo Muscat grown to the Boulton and Duffy, Burge, Wall and Pratt Vineyards at Swan Hill. Early harvest is essential to arrive at a benign level of alcohol, a palate full of flavour, crispy citrus tang and natural fruit sweetness. A scrumptuous wine with an exotic mix of watermelon, musk and rose petal flavours, red apple, hubba bubba and pink ice cream. It's low in alcohol but a single bottle is unlikely to be enough because with a drink this good, there's no excuse for not sharing.
 
View details Innocent Bystander Chardonnay 2016
$ 20.99 Innocent Bystander Chardonnay 2016
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Chardonnay / Yarra Valley / Victoria
A compelling experience in Chardonnay, crafted by a team of winemakers and viticulturalists who eschew the bland direction and market dominance, increasingly exerted by the oligopoly of corporate players. In a nutshell, they see themselves as innocent bystanders. A collation of Yarra valley harvests from the Primavera, Shaws Road and Tarraford sites, assembled around a core of splendid fruit from the distinguished Sexton estate vineyard on the Warramate Ranges at Coldstream.
 
View details Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
$ 44.99 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
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Chardonnay / Yarra Valley / Victoria
The Giant Steps team pointedly sourced several conspicuous clones of Chardonnay from California, Burgundy and Champagne, to be established on the coolest, lowest slopes of the superlative Sexton property. Vine vigor and yields are naturally low, encouraging a low intervention approach to hand managed viticulture. The crisp, cool ripening conditions and flinty, almost mean soils of Yarra Valley's temperate slopes yield a vibrant style of Chardonnay in the nectarine, citrus, melon and white peach range of flavours.
 
View details Giant Steps Sexton Pinot Noir 2014
$ 49.99 Giant Steps Sexton Pinot Noir 2014
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PinotNoir / Yarra Valley / Victoria
The capriciousness of the hard to grow, early ripening Pinot Noir makes its expression of site all the more sublime. The Yarra Valley's cool, slow ripening aspects, afford Pinot Noir the time to develop it's seductive labyrinth of aromas, showing bright red fruit notes underscored by earthy complexity. Sexton Vineyard is wonderfully intricate, exuding notes of wild blackberry, dried mushroom, mulberry bush and braised plum, cinnamon stick and sour cherry. Sexton's fruit focus and fine tannins are enhanced by a judicious treatment of Burgundy styled oak.
 
View details Giant Steps Sexton Merlot 2012
$ 32.99 Giant Steps Sexton Merlot 2012
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Merlot / Yarra Valley / Victoria
Great Merlot is made in the vineyard. At its best, it is like a fingerprint, inextricably linking the personality and mood of the land. Yarra Valley produces distinctive, elegant and complex Merlot wines. A single parcel of fruit, hand picked off Blocks 3 & 4 of Sexton Vineyard, are treated to an old world style of vinification, into a mostly Merlot wine, which can be topped up from year to year by portions of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon or Franc, to enhance the tannins and build enticing complexity.
 
View details Giant Steps Harrys Monster 2012
$ 49.99 Giant Steps Harrys Monster 2012
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CabernetSauv Merlot PetitVerdot CabernetFranc / Yarra Valley / Victoria
The Sexton family live in the middle of their eighty acre vineyard on the high north face of the Warramate Ranges, within the dress circle of Yarra Valley. The vineyard is introducing organic practises with the express purpose of further distinguishing the site and improving grape and wine quality. In exceptional years, parcels of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot are separately fermented. The best lots are assembled into a multiple trophy winer named Harry's Monster and treated to an extravagant maturation in the finest oak.
 
The Giant Steps winemakers are directing their winemaking towards single vineyards in locations that can support varietals of distinction

Great wine is made in the vineyard. At its best it is like a fingerprint, inextricably linking the personality and mood of the land from which it has sprung.

 Giant Steps

The Giant Steps vineyard is on 115 acres of rocky gravel over clay, 50 km east of Melbourne, on the north facing slopes of the Warramate ranges overlooking the Yarra Valley. The vineyard covers two ridges that rise from 400 to 1100 feet above the valley floor.

Giant Steps seek to grow fruit and ultimately make wine that is less overt and obvious than is encouraged in Australia. The winemakers look for structure and length rather than breadth; finesse rather than largesse and above all, fruit rather than artefact.

All work is by hand. Giant Steps strive to grow the best fruit possible. Whatever the cost. Because without great fruit there can be no great wine

Giant Steps is owned and operated by a small team - Phil, Allison and Harry Sexton.

The story starts 2600 km and 23 years ago when Phil established the Devils Lair vineyard in Margaret River. He was joined there in 1990 by Allison, an American biochemist. 1995 proved an excellent year; son Harry was born.

 Giant Steps

In life, not many people get the chance to do something again; differently, with the benefit of hindsight. While they loved the wines they were producing, they dreamed of creating a small, specialised cool climate vineyard together, as a family. From scratch.

"It would have to be intimate, personal, honest and fun, with only a small committed team. As Phil joked, "this time no more than we could fit around the kitchen table"

And, in 1997 they took the giant step; sold Devils Lair and crossed Australia to a dream site on the slopes of Victoria's Yarra Valley, alongside several benchmark cool climate vineyards that they had long admired.

After an immense amount of work and many years they have turned a horse stud into a vineyard. The winemakers wanted hands on and they got it.

The Sexton family winemakers are quietly confident that the Yarra Valley can produce Bordeaux varietals with savoury structure, finesse, clarity and textbook fruit purity; without the cedary, geranium/capsicum characters we so often see in this country out of cooler or fast ripening regions.

Giant Steps

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