Giant Steps Yarra Valley Syrah 2016, Victoria

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Giant Steps Yarra Valley Syrah 2016, Victoria
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The aim is to give you a true taste of what top Yarra Valley Syrah can achieve. Flamo's winemaking, true to form, is unobtrusive, using natural yeasts, open-top fermenters, and older, larger oak barrels. This is a stunning cool-climate Australian Syrah - note the use of that name, rather than Shiraz.

Top Australian wine critic Campbell Mattinson gave it a 95-point rating, stating, "We’re onto a very good thing here. Whole bunch characters exert a keen influence but the fruit is entirely up to the task – and then some. Herbage, nuts, spice and a push of black cherry-plum fruit. Almost into blueberry territory here. Velvety and sinewy at once. Excellent push through the finish. Personality and discipline form a bond."

Enjoy to 2021.

…this is a beautifully poised, medium-bodied red. Aromatic cranberry and red cherry fruits. Succulent and intense. It has a very fine frame, aided by the inclusion of whole-bunch material in the ferment. Drinking exceptionally well now, though it can also be cellared in the short term. Toni Patterson MW, The Real Review
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Percentage Alcohol



Yarra Valley

Grape Variety

Syrah / Shiraz




ArrayFull-Bodied Red, Oaked Red



Food Match

ArrayBBQ, Cheese (Strong), Lamb

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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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