2017 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Syrah

2017 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Syrah

Sabine Duval

"There is a growing school of thought that the Yarra might be better suited to Syrah than Pinot and this refined and savoury wine from one of my absolute favourite producers does nothing to dent that argument."

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Sabine Duval

"There is a growing school of thought that the Yarra might be better suited to Syrah than Pinot and this refined and savoury wine from one of my absolute favourite producers does nothing to dent that argument."

Sabine Duval

$31.99 per bottle
Bottles
4 payments of $8.00 with More info
Taste Guarantee
Love it or your money back*
Free Delivery
On orders Over $300*

A great wine in a near perfect vintage, Giant Steps' 2017 Syrah is an example of just how fine Yarra Valley Shiraz (or Syrah if you like) can be.

Medium bodied, with a lovely weight and flow, it's a wine of beauty. Silky, well defined beauty.

Expert Reviews

It’s pretty much as you’d expect and hope; no better, no worse. Everything is in good sound order but at the same time – no mean feat – it offers a pile of personality. Bunchy herb notes, black cherry, svelte mouthfeel, peppercorns and florals. Heaps going on and yet it feels seamless. The finish isn’t scintillating, in terms of length, but it’s well and truly satisfying. It’s in a good place. It’s a very good wine. Impeccable, really. My score kept increasing the longer I sat with it, and this note probably reflects that. 94 points - Campbell Mattinson

Tech stuff

13.5
Yarra Valley
2017
Screw Cap
Cellar to 2030
750ml

How's it taste?

Wonderful Northern Rhone style Syrah - savoury, gamey meats, with dustings of white pepper and tobacco leaf. The palate is elegant and restrained but with great intensity, framed by fine-grained tannins. A long and savoury finish makes this wine very moreish. Outstanding.

How was it made?

This wine is a composite of all of our Estate Syrah blocks across Sexton and Tarraford. Each block was hand-picked and each fruit parcel was treated as either 100% destemmed or 100% whole bunch. The whole bunch vats were left untouched for 1 week then walked over a few times to initiate a healthy fermentation. The whole berry components were left to cold soak for 4 days, then allowed to warm to 15 degrees C and a wild fermentation was initiated. All parcels were over seeded with another culture near the end of their time on skins to full fermentation. The wines were all pressed at dryness and fed by gravity into 500L and 225L French puncheons 10% of which were new. In January 2018, they were blended together and given one final racking prior to bottling by gravity in early June. Whole bunch component across the blend is 30% No fining; no filtration

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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