A delicious drink, with lovely fresh, perfumed aromatics and a luscious, juicy palate.
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. A bit of a curio in 2019, with a small proportion of the blend coming from Giant Steps Central Otago operation. It’s a delicious drink, with lovely fresh, perfumed aromatics and a luscious, juicy palate. The Otago portion has added a nice dose of colour and light tannic structure. Great New World Pinot Noir.
Producer: Giant Steps
Region/Country: Yarra Valley, Australia
Grape/s: Pinot Noir
Production Method: Sustainable viticulture. Fermentation with 20% whole bunches in large oak vats. 7 months maturation in new and used French oak puncheons
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)