Giant Steps `Applejack Vineyard` Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018
Smoky, cherry fruited Pinot Noir from one of Australia’s best. Lovely, tight tannins and incredible length.
Giant Steps have been pumping out some of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Australia in recent years from their top Yarra Valley vineyards. This highly acclaimed Pinot Noir from the Yarra is very herbaceous on the nose with smoky, cherry fruit and pronounced green bell pepper. The youthful palate has a refined feel with tight tannins and great length.
Region/Country: Yarra Valley, Australia
Grape/s: Pinot Noir
Production Method: Sustainable viticulture. The Pinot Noir grapes were 100% hand picked and hand sorted. Indigenous yeast fermentation took place with 40% whole bunches and the remainder whole berry. The wine was then aged for 10 months in tight grain French barriques
Style: Very perfumed aromatics, and expressive fruit and savoury character
Pairing Suggestion: Game and poultry dishes
Variety: Pinot Noir
Profile: Known as the Heartbreak grape owing to its tumultuous nature in the vineyard. Pinot Noir is best suited to cooler regions, including most famously Burgundy in France where it produces the most sought after and expensive wines in the world. Thin skinned and early ripening, Pinot is a very transparent variety, capable of showing subtle differences in terroir and pronounced regional character. Flavours found in young Pinot include raspberries, strawberries, cherries and violets; with time these evolve into a bouquet often reminiscent of game, liquorice and autumnal undergrowth.
Classic Regions: Burgundy, Loire Valley, Alsace (France), Baden, Ahr (Germany), Yarra Valley, Tasmania, Mornington Peninsula (Australia), Walker Bay (South Africa), Russian River Valley, Oregon (USA)
Giant Steps have forged a reputation for making some of the Yarra Valley's most consistently exciting wines. Head winemaker Steve Flamsteed and his team’s aim is to express the character of the vineyard, grape and vintage in each wine. They achieve this through meticulous work in the vineyard and minimum intervention in the winery.