Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018, Victoria

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Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018, Victoria
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Combining top quality Pinot Noir grapes from three vineyards - Tarraford, Sexton, and Applejack - has given Steve Flamsteed the raw material he needed to produce an outstanding Yarra Valley Pinot Noir. Top flight Australian Pinot at this price is not to be missed.

You can almost pick out each vineyard's contribution: perfumed cherry notes from the Sexton Vineyard, a hint of Campari from Applejack, with Tarraford giving mocha and cocoa to the blend. There's that truffle, mushroom, forest floor element only found in exceptional Pinot Noir wines, with an elegance that's underpinned with enough structure and power to see the wine evolve over time.

Wild yeast open-fermented with 20% whole bunches, matured for 7 months in French oak (10% new), gravity bottled. Very good colour; the intensity of the aromas and flavours unfolding with the first sip stop you in your tracks. The whole bunch component is evident, but not dominant, simply one of many factors in shaping the flavour and texture of this lovely wine.
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The Producer

Jazz fans will know immediately where owner Phil Sexton got the name for his winery. The John Coltrane album after he'd split with Miles Davies. Selling his Devil's Lair winery in Margaret River and moving to the Yarra Valley, Sexton named the new venture in honour of his favourite album.

Established in 1997, Giant Steps, and up until its recent sale to Brown Brothers, Innocent Bystander, focused on making the best wines possible from this stunning corner of Australia. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are standout grape varieties in this top Australian region, though Syrah and Merlot are also creating excellent Australian premium wines.

The Winemaker

Chief Winemaker at Giant Steps is Steve Flamsteed. 'Flamo' as he's known, has carved out an enviable reputation as one of Australia's best winemakers. Not that you'd get that feeling from meeting him. He's not one for blowing his own trumpet, letting his wines do the talking.

Steve's interests go beyond wine too, having studied cheese making in France, and working in the Alps as a chef to support his passion for skiing. With Phil Sexton's backing, also an accomplished winemaker and brewer, the two have crafted some of the Yarra's finest single vineyard wines. The Yarra Valley range makes up Giant Steps' introductory wines, and are the perfect first step to getting to know this stellar wine region.

The Region

Picture postcard perfect, the Yarra Valley was Victoria's first wine growing region with a history going back to 1838. It's also one of Australia's coolest wine regions, with elevations ranging from 50m to 400m giving plenty of local variation in mesoclimate. This makes for exciting single vineyard wines, with grape varieties performing differently depending upon where they're planted.

Soils range from a grey-brown sandy loam, left over from the ancient sandstone of the Great Dividing Range, to younger volcanic red soils. Even the warmest sites in the Yarra Valley are relatively cool, with the average January temperature in Healesville being 19.4˚C.

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Mushroom Risotto and Caramelised Onions

The wholesome, rich and earthy flavours of mushroom risotto pair perfectly with aged and lighter fruit-driven reds. As this risotto is baked it gives you the perfect opportunity to crack open a bottle of Giant Steps, Yarra Valley Pinot Noir and let it breathe before serving.
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Duck Breast With Wild Mushrooms and Cream

The rich, fatty flavours of duck, combined with creamy mushrooms call for a soft, smooth red with fresh fruit flavours. Head to light or medium-bodied reds - the Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, Grenache or Pinotage will pair well.
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The rich combination of potato, cheese, bacon and garlic could stop anyone in their tracks so pick ripe reds with good acidity or structured whites which will both cut through the delicious stodge! Pinot Noir is a great food pairing option as it's bright fruit and high acidity can stand up to the rich flavours of tartiflette.
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