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View details Giant Steps Yarra Valley Syrah
$ 33.99 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Syrah
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Shiraz / Yarra Valley / Victoria
There's a confident assuredness about Australian Shiraz but there's also the chiselled elegance of Yarra Valley Syrah, grown, harvested and crafted in the old world, Cotes du Rhone way. An assemblage of hand picked parcels from separate blocks throughout the Sexton and Tarraford vineyards. A combination of hand picked grapes and whole bunches, treated to cold soak and seeded for ferments, pressed at completion to dryness and gravity fed into a selection of French oak puncheons and barriques, assembled in January, racked and bottled without fining or filtration.
 
View details Giant Steps Yarra Valley Rose
$ 25.99 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Rose
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PinotNoir / Yarra Valley / Victoria
 
View details Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir
$ 32.99 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir
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PinotNoir / Yarra Valley / Victoria
 
View details Giant Steps Yarra Valley Merlot
$ 29.99 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Merlot
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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 Yarra Valley Chardonnay
$ 31.99 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay
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Chardonnay / Yarra Valley / Victoria
Assembled from a tally of the most illustrious Yarra Valley sites, Sexton Vineyard, Tarraford and Gruyere Farm, Applejack and Wombat Creek. Gingerly hand picked for whole bunch pressing and wild yeast ferments in 500 litres French oak puncheons, achieving a fully animate Chardonnay style, redolent of citrus and melon, creamy yet crystalline, offering a palate and breadth of exceptional balance and poise. Giant Steps are meticulous in all things Chardonnay, retaining the vitality of fruit from within the vineyard and encouraging the eloquence of each site as it speaks from the glass.
 
View details Giant Steps Wombat Creek Pinot Noir
$ 59.99 Giant Steps Wombat Creek Pinot Noir
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PinotNoir / Yarra Valley / Victoria
 
View details Giant Steps Wombat Creek Chardonnay
$ 53.99 Giant Steps Wombat Creek Chardonnay
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Chardonnay / Yarra Valley / Victoria
From the highest plantings in all Yarra Valley, Wombat Creek was established in the 1990s, with a view to assembling choice blocks Chardonnay and Pinot Noir into a premier Victorian sparkler. The quality of fruit however, now merits bottling as a superior growth in the Burgundian style. A rich, gorgeously proportioned Chardonnay, fully fleshed and exquisitely balanced, opulent with the boldness of grapefruit and butternut, complexed by the oyster shell and flint characters of a magnificently loqacious terroir, made to match alongside a sizzling sauté of frogs leg, chanterelles and snail.
 
View details Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Syrah
$ 52.99 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Syrah
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Shiraz / Yarra Valley / Victoria
Established 1988 to a bounty of rich, grey loam clays at Tarrawarra, the eminent Tarraford site enjoys a fortuitously slower ripening season than its neighbouring climes. Planted to a diversity of aspect and clones, managed to a regimen of old world biodynamic farming practices, Tarraford delivers a magnificent harvest of Rhone styled Shiraz each year. Redolent with licorice, pepper and meats, pursing dark, cherry oak tannins and the astringency of wild bramble, its herb infused palate supported by characuterie notes, sasafras and game.
 
View details Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay
$ 48.99 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay
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Chardonnay / Yarra Valley / Victoria
 
View details Giant Steps Syrah Carignan Grenache
$ 33.99 Giant Steps Syrah Carignan Grenache
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Shiraz Grenache Carignan / Yarra Valley / Victoria
 
View details Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir
$ 59.99 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir
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PinotNoir / Yarra Valley / Victoria
Sexton Vineyard is wonderfully intricate, exuding notes of wild blackberry, dried mushroom, mulberry bush and braised plum, cinnamon stick and sour cherry. The coolest slopes of Sexton are planted to five Pinot Noir clones, managed according to biodynamic principles, providing several threads of expression to weave into the final wine. Sexton's fruit focus and fine tannins are enhanced by a judicious treatment of Burgundy styled oak.
 
View details Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay
$ 49.99 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay
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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 Primavera Vineyard Pinot Noir
$ 55.99 Giant Steps Primavera Vineyard Pinot Noir
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PinotNoir / Yarra Valley / Victoria
 
View details Giant Steps Nocton Vineyard Pinot Noir
$ 64.99 Giant Steps Nocton Vineyard Pinot Noir
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PinotNoir / Yarra Valley / Victoria
 
View details Giant Steps Lusatia Park Pinot Noir
$ 49.99 Giant Steps Lusatia Park Pinot Noir
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PinotNoir / Yarra Valley / Victoria
 
View details Giant Steps Light Dry Red Pinot Syrah
$ 31.99 Giant Steps Light Dry Red Pinot Syrah
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PinotNoir Shiraz / 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's most eminent estates. The vineyard is introducing organic practises with the express purpose of further distinguishing the site and improving grape and wine quality. An assemblage of Pinot Noir and Shiraz, treated to a traditional course of ferments and judicious term of oak, fashioned into an immensely satisfying, seamless yet complex and engaging, bucolic old world style.
 
View details Giant Steps Harrys Monster
$ 53.99 Giant Steps Harrys Monster
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CabernetSauv Merlot PetitVerdot CabernetFranc / Yarra Valley / Victoria
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. Very strong in primary fruit, generosity and mouthfeel, its ripe seed tannins are simply singing in its youth, showing exceptional balance on a long lasting finish.
 
View details Giant Steps Gruyere Farm Ocarina Chardonnay
$ 55.99 Giant Steps Gruyere Farm Ocarina Chardonnay
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Chardonnay / Yarra Valley / Victoria
 
View details Giant Steps Fatal Shore Pinot Noir
$ 64.99 Giant Steps Fatal Shore Pinot Noir
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PinotNoir / Yarra Valley / Victoria
 
View details Giant Steps Clay Ferment Ocarina Chardonnay
$ 55.99 Giant Steps Clay Ferment Ocarina Chardonnay
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Chardonnay / Yarra Valley / Victoria
 
View details Giant Steps Central Otago Tosq Vineyard Pinot Noir
$ 65.99 Giant Steps Central Otago Tosq Vineyard Pinot Noir
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PinotNoir / Central Otago / NewZealand
Central Otago is a winegrower's paradise and a Pinot Noir maker's dream, a topographical cornucoppia of microclimes and stupendous terroirs. Planted to rich glacial deposits along the Wanaka Cromwell Highway, under the lee of Sugarloaf near the hamlet of Pisa, the frugal harvest of TOSQ Vineyard is treated to traditional wild yeast open vinification. The active barrels set sail across the Tasman for completion of ferments at the Giant Steps wineworks in Yarra Valley. Central Otago as you like it, gummy, soily tannins, peppery black brambles, gelatinous opulence and palate weight throughout.
 
View details Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir
$ 57.99 Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir
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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 winemaking at Giant Steps is holistic and closely micro managed, a particular objective is to enhance the natural microflora for the facilitation of indigenous fermentations in the winery. The Yarra Valley's cool, slow ripening aspects, afford Pinot Noir the time to develop its seductive labyrinth of aromas, showing bright red fruit notes underscored by earthy complexity.
 
View details Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Chardonnay
$ 52.99 Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Chardonnay
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Chardonnay / Yarra Valley / Victoria
Applejack was established 1997 along a breathtaking vista at Gladysdale on the Upper Yarra, a place of higher altitudes and cooler climes, ideal for mouth filling vintages of structured Chardonnay wines. Grapes are all hand picked and gingerly pressed into 500 litres French oak puncheons for a wild, indigenous yeast ferment. A course of hand stirred lees battonage releases the complexities within the sediments and infuses the palate with layers of character. Defined by its fruit flan delish and seasoned with sprinklings of baking spice, a mere 600 cases are made each vintage.
 
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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