2017 Giant Steps Harry's Monster Yarra Valley Cabernet Blend

2017 Giant Steps Harry's Monster Yarra Valley Cabernet Blend

Welcome to classic Yarra Valley Cab land! Harry's Monster is much friendlier than you'd expect - a truly beautiful Yarra red in a smooth and generous style, without excess.

Expert Reviews

95 Points - James Halliday - Halliday's Wine CompanionCabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot from the vineyard on Briarty Road planted in '97. A generous wine, fruit, oak and tannins all playing positive roles in this layered and balanced wine that will be long lived.
94 Points - Gary Walsh - The Wine FrontBold perfume over ripe crushed mixed berries, wet earth and pencils. Medium-bodied, plush and fleshy with ripe fruit married to plump tannin, earthy flavours, smooth acidity, and a long finish of sticky tannin and black olives. It's a round wine, rather than lean and long, delivering rich Cabernet satisfaction with every sip. Love it.'

Tech stuff

Cabernet Merlot Petit Verdot
Giant Steps
Yarra Valley
2017
750ml
14%
Cellar to 2027
Screw Cap

Light

Full

How's it taste?

Wonderfully complex aromas of blackcurrant, mulberry and rhubarb, lifted by spice and pencil shavings, and underpinned by a herbal, savoury feel. The palate is structured and elegant showing concentration and restraint, and finely detailed too. Will reward careful cellaring. Excellent.

How was it made?

54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot from the Sexton Vineyard, fermented separately then blended. Matured in French oak (12% new) for 14 months.

Who made it?

Giant Steps is an independent winery in Healesville, Victoria, owned by Phil Sexton. Phil first made his name in establishing some noted micro-breweries, such as Little Creatures, and later established Devil’s Lair in Margaret River. First released in 2001, Giant Steps focuses exclusively on the distinctive expression of single vineyard sites in the Yarra Valley. Grapes are drawn from estate and leased vineyards, as well as a selection of long-term contracted vineyards. Giant Steps wines are produced fastidiously in the vineyard and vinified with minimal intervention so that each is a faithful expression of site, vintage and culture. Giant Steps focuses on restrained Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and cool climate Cabernet/Merlot blends. These single vineyard wines are sourced from five different vineyards throughout the Yarra, so each is a fingerprint of location and site personality. The name Giant Steps comes in part from Phil’s love for jazz and John Coltrane’s album of that same name, and in part due the Giant Step Phil took in relocating with his family from Margaret River to the Yarra Valley. Giant Steps wines are always exclusively single vineyard Yarra Valley wines. They are hand made in small batches using gravity flow principles. Production of the Giant Steps wines is very limited with some vineyards producing as little as 200 cases each vintage – some wines are not produced each year if vintage conditions do not allow. These wines are often hard to find in retail outlets as they are mainly sold through the cellar door and through selected restaurants.

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