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Giant Steps `Harry`s Monster` Bordeaux Blend

Yarra Valley, Victoria

Giant Steps

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 five years.

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Located on the steep north facing slopes of the Warramate Ranges, alongside the vineyards of Yarra Yering and Coldstream Hills, the Sexton vineyard is exposed and demanding. Being well up the slopes between 130 and 210 metres, topsoil is thin and root systems have established themselves in shallow gravelly loams above a tough rocky clay base. Vigour and bunch yields set naturally low in this environment, facilitating a low intervention approach to what is otherwise hand tended viticulture. Biodynamic vineyard management principles are being introduced with the purpose of further distinguishing the site and improving grape and wine quality.

Vintage information

2013 was an exciting vintage in the Yarra. The entire vintage lasted a record 35 days. Excellent weather at flowering led into cool, mild growing conditions, with an accelerated final stage of ripening due to some warm nights. The estate vineyards produced small crops with intense flavour and solid natural acidity. The resulting wines are all very strong in primary fruit and possess a generosity and mouth feel not seen since 2010.


Fruit was hand picked, destemmed and crushed to small open fermenters. An eight day warm ferment followed. Fruit was then hand plunged twice daily and underwent a daily rack and return for two weeks. On dryness, the cap was submerged for two to three weeks to integrate tannins. Fermenters were then tipped into an airbag press and the wine was racked off gross lees to 225 litre French oak barriques for malolactic fermentation. 40% was new, with the remainder 60% a split of second and third use. After 15 months it was gravity bottled on the 1st of August 2014.

Tasting Notes

Bright, deep crimson; a powerful, intense yet perfectly balanced array of black, blue and red berry fruits interwoven with touches of vanilla, cedar and graphite. A medium to full-bodied wine densely packed with black fruit and spice, with firm, grainy tannins and just enough acid to lift the long finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 45% Cabernet Sauvignon
35% Merlot
20% Petit Verdot
Region Yarra Valley, Victoria
Winemaker Steve Flamsteed
Alcohol (ABV) 14.1%
Acidity 6.12g/l
Wine pH 3.6