2015 Giant Steps Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria

SKU #1297166 95 points James Halliday

 Bright, full color; the wine progressively shifts and builds ground from the bouquet through to the palate, finish and (in particular) the aftertaste, by which time the sheer power of the dark red/purple fruits takes hold. Balance in a bottle.

92 points Bob Campbell

 A beautifully balanced pinot loaded with charm and ready to enjoy. The color is youthful, bright and deep; the aromas lavishly sweet, ripe and dark cherry-like. Rich, fragrant and seductive, all at an affordable price. Delightful. (Huon Hooke)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 "Starting off dark and pungently sappy, with floral scents of violets and fennel, this reveals its elegance and freshness as it seems to gain focus with the air. The fruit tightens into spicy cranberry and raspberry, with juicy, crunchy acidity. It’s simple, youthful pinot to enjoy with roast duck."

K&L Notes

94 points Wine Front: "The first release of a new ‘Yarra Valley range’ out of Giant Steps. Hand-picked, wild yeast, no fining or filtration. The winemaking doesn’t sound compromised, and nor does the shape and flavor of the wine in the mouth. It’s sour-sweet in a positive way, ripped with dry herbs and cherry-plum, with cranberry and crushed dry spice notes aplenty. It’s succulent, it’s tangy, it’s spicy and yet it’s firm and strong. It speaks of a top-notch vintage, and producer."

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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/28/2017 | Send Email
This is stylish, cooler climate Pinot Noir. The fruit flavors are fresh, with tension and a somewhat stern backbone likely contributed by the inclusion of some stems in this cuvee. Relatively few under $25 Pinot Noirs make much of an impression on me; this bottling of Giant Steps is one of the exceptions that proves the rule. Great stuff!

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.


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Yarra Valley