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Giant Steps `Tarraford Vineyard` Pinot Noir

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 four years.

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Vineyards

Located in a protected valley, Tarraford Vineyard is a 8 hectare vineyard with a discrete microclimate which is cooler than neighbouring vineyards. Planted in 1988, a diversity of aspect and clones provides multifaceted winemaking opportunities. Shoot and crop thinning is all done by hand, as is fruit picking. Since 1996 Greg Liney has managed this vineyard, and is committed to exploring biodynamic farming practices with the overall aim of further developing the vineyard fingerprint and embracing the unique personality of this site.

Vintage information

The clay silt loams mixed with a high content of ironstone retained and dispersed water evenly for the vines throughout the season. This allowed for optimum canopy size and fruit exposure which produced amazing spicy fruit characters and a natural acidity. Harvest took place on the 23rd of February.

Vinification

Fruit was hand picked and chilled. Fruit was de-stemmed, but not crushed, to small open top fermenters followed by a six day soak with no cap work. Half the fruit was worked regularly throughout ferment with plunges and remontage. The other half was left alone to encourage bright carbonic characters and tight chalky tannins. The wine was racked off its gross lees to 18% new oak barrels, 20% one year old and 62% older for malolactic fermentation. All fermentation occurred with indigenous yeasts.

Tasting Notes

Medium ruby-purple coloured, the bouquet shows aromas of ripe cherries and warm raspberries with an undercurrent of nutmeg, toast and milk chocolate. Light to medium bodied, this Pinot has moderate fruit concentration with balanced acidity, subtle grainy tannins and a persistent delicate earthiness.

Vintage information

Vintage 2010
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Yarra Valley, Victoria
Winemaker Steve Flamsteed, Tim Shand, Phil Sexton
Alcohol (ABV) 13%