Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir $2017

Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir $2017

Giant Steps 2017 Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir $65

This wine has now had 2 years in bottle and is drinking superbly well. The palate is loaded with red & black cherry fruit, dark chocolate and meatiness. It has had time to develop some secondary savoury characters, including some forest floor, mushroom aromas, and some complex fruit, spice and umami flavours on the palate. This will appeal to people who like full flavoured Pinot Noirs.

THE VINEYARD: Location: Gruyere Planted: 1997 Elevation: 130 - 210 meters Soil Type: Grey clay loam over granite / ironstone. Aspect: North facing slopes Size: 75 acres Located on the steep north facing slopes of the Warramate Ranges, the Sexton Vineyard is exposed and demanding. Being on the higher slopes, topsoil is thin and root systems have established themselves in shallow gravelly loams above a tough rocky clay base. Bunch yields set naturally low in this environment, resulting in intensely flavoured fruit with high skin to juice ratio.

SEASON: 2017 was a textbook cool climate vintage. The preceding winter was cool to cold (good vine dormancy) with good rainfall and ground saturation as the valley moved into spring. The growing season was characterized by intermittent rainfall with otherwise cool to mild days, bright sunshine and importantly, no temperature peaks. As a result, all varieties enjoyed slower ripening where acids, sugar and flavor stayed well in-sync. The resulting wines have terrific structure and detail, underpinned by crisp natural acidity and bright fruit.

VINIFICATION: Hand-picked without additions. 25% (115 clone) was transferred as whole bunches to small oak and stainless steel open vats. The remainder (MV6 and Pommard clone) was destemmed and transferred as whole berries to the fermenters. Fermentations were indigenous and left alone with little cap work, relying upon carbonic maceration for extraction. Pressed at dryness to new and used 228L tight grain French barriques for 10 months – 25% new, 75% older. Bottled by gravity with no fining or filtration Appellation: Yarra Valley Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir Clones: 115, MV6, Pommard (Clone 5) Harvested: March 2017 Bottled: January 2018 Alc/Vol (%): 13.5 TA (g/L): 6.1 pH: 3.54 Cellaring: Two - ten years Cases: 550


Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017 $65


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