While the Innocent Bystander wines are made from grapes grown across the Yarra, the Giant Steps wines are produced exclusively from single vineyard sites...
Grapes are selected from estate-owned and leased vineyards, as well as from long-term contracted growers. Head winemaker Steve Flamsteed and his team are making some of the best wines in Australia from these sites. Their aim is to express in each wine the character of the site, grape and vintage, and this they achieve by meticulous work in the vineyard and minimum intervention in the winery. Wines from their three main vineyard sites (Sexton, Tarraford and Applejack) have won 12 trophies and 27 gold medals across all wine shows in the last four years.
Applejack Vineyard is owned by highly respected viticulturist Ray Guerin and is managed by his son Mark. This vineyard is situated in the Upper Yarra Valley and has similar growing conditions and challenges to that of Gladysdale Vineyard. Planted in 2001 at 330 metres on red/brown clay loam soils, Applejack Vineyard is located on a dramatic east facing slope and is close planted and meticulously managed.
2012 was a very rewarding season in well managed vineyards. Spring rains resulted in healthy canopies. Mild summer days with plentiful warmth and sunshine - thankfully without the heat spikes of warmer vintages – and an Indian summer that stretched into April were perfect for ripening late in the season. Harvest in the Applejack vineyard began on the 3rd of March. Fruit condition across the vineyards was excellent, and wine quality across the board is very high.
The grapes were hand picked and hand sorted. This wine was assembled from two parcels of fruit, one of which was 100% whole bunch ferment, the second 100% destemmed to whole berries. Both parcels were given a cold soak for five days but the whole bunch ferment commenced fermenting after three days so it was allowed to warm and progress naturally. Ferment temperatures peaked at about 32°C in both vats. Once the ferments were dry, the vats were emptied into an airbag press and pressed to tank. The wine was racked off gross lees to oak for indigenous malolactic fermentation. It remained in barrel for 11 months. 28% of the oak was new and from Taransaud and Sauray. 19% of the oak was one year old and 53% older. Three rackings were performed for clarity before gravity bottling on the 7th of February 2013.
Intense aromas of black cherry and red berry fruit, with fragrant dried herbs and sweet spices. Great structure and length on the palate, with firm, fine tannins and perfectly integrated oak. Intense red fruit and Asian spice flavours carry through to the finish.
100% Pinot Noir
|Region||Yarra Valley, Victoria|
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