Giant Steps, Yarra Valley LDR 2018
Shows delicate spice, fruit, nut and smokey character. Moreish and delicious.
Giant Steps, one of the Yarra Valley’s premier producers, have crafted this LDR - Pinot Noir and Syrah blend as an ode to the old ways of Australian winemaking, with a nod to the wine styles of Beaujolais. This is just flat out delicious, yet sophisticated. Almost an equal blend, it shows delicate spice, fruit, nut and smokey character complementing its medium body and svelte texture. Does exceedingly well with a light chill.
Producer: Giant Steps
Region/Country: Yarra Valley, Australia
Grape/s: Pinot Noir, Syrah
Production Method: Sustainable farming. Fermentation in small vats with some carbonic maceration. 7 months maturation in seasoned French oak. Bottled unfined and unfiltered
Style: Exotic spice and fruit aromatics. Medium bodied, juicy and savoury
Pairing Suggestion: Versatile, all types of fish and meat 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.