Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
Giant Steps is a privately-owned Yarra Valley estate founded by Phil Sexton in 1998. It has since forged a reputation for making some of the Yarra Valley's most consistently exciting wines from estate-owned vineyards. The Giant Steps Single Vineyard wines are produced from their best vineyard sites in great years. 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.
These wines were born from a desire to produce a Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah of Giant Steps quality, which reflect the regional and varietal characteristics of the Yarra Valley, rather than those from a single site. These wines are made from hand-picked fruit from estate vineyards, and are produced using indigenous yeasts, gravity-flow winemaking and minimal fining and filtration. The approach was instantly successful, with the debut Chardonnay from 2015 winning a gold medal at the 2016 Sommelier Wine Awards.