2018 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

2018 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir


Giant Steps continue to turn out beautifully proportioned Yarra wines (and don't miss the Central Otago Pinot Noir). This 2018 red is another absolute standout - a wonderfully ripe, powerful (but not overpowering) Pinot that dances through your mouth. What a wine!

Expert Reviews

95 Points - Ray JordanAnother beautiful wine from Giant Steps which has emerged as one of the elite producers in the Yarra. Firm and controlled with a silky smooth palate holding the fine thread of tannin and oak. Palate length is a feature.
94 Points - Wine SpectatorElegant and distinctive, offering fresh raspberry, sage and white pepper notes that are precise, supple and juicy, with a thread of fresh loam and forest floor, supported by polished tannins. A touch of matcha green tea lingers on the finish. Drink now through 2033.
94 Points - Campbell Mattinson - Halliday's Wine CompanionIf you're looking for a quality pinot noir to drink right now then look no further. This is all about fragrance, juiciness, fruit and flow, a myriad of spice-riddled flavours running wild and free through the palate. It puts a smile on your face; it's joyous. It has tang, smoke, spice and autumn leaf notes thrown through a core of red and black cherry. It's not heavy or profound but it delivers.
94 Points - Toni Paterson MW - The Real ReviewAn open and fleshy wine with pure red fruits and gentle savouriness. The fruit is intense, though not over-fruity and the tannin frame is elegant and appropriate. Impressive flavour depth.
94 Points - Huon Hooke - The Real ReviewLight to medium, bright red/purple colour, with a wonderfully fragrant, aromatic nose of spicy red and dark cherry. There's a subtle hint of Campari in the aroma and aftertaste which comes from the whole-berry and whole-bunch fermenting techniques. It's light to medium-bodied yet very intense, with penetrating flavour, line and length. The tannins are light and fine yet quite present. An utterly delicious wine and a great follow-up to the outstanding 2017. And like that wine, amazing value for money. The aromatics are quintessential Yarra Valley pinot noir.
91 Points - Mike Bennie - The Wine FrontStarts with a meaty savouriness, rolls on with sour and sweet cherry, whiffs of briar, white pepper. Nice fragrance. Palate is awash with the flavours of the scent, sour-sweet, pepper, tangy and bright. It’s quite transparent, quite crunchy, quite edgy even – a wine that bristles in the palate while it soars in bouquet. A chill likely would tame the mad angles and temper the squirts of tart-peaky cherry flavours and fold in some of the green-peppery stuff. It’s got high drinkability which ever way you look at it, though, just perhaps not the finesse one expects when ‘pinot noir’ and ‘Giant Steps’ sit on a label.
Jeremy OliverBrightly lit, luscious and mouthfilling young pinto whose pristine fruit and faintly smoky oak combine to deliver a bright, rose petal and red cherry perfume, notes of five spice and raspberry. It’s long and smooth, extending over a fine, grainy spine towards a fresh, lively finish of tightly balanced acidity. Ready to enjoy.

Tech stuff

Pinot Noir
Giant Steps
Yarra Valley
Cellar to 2027
Screw Cap



How's it taste?

Medium bodied, with a ripe cherry fruit perfume, the palate rounder than some vintages, but also with a full mouthfeel and ripeness. Well handled generosity

How was it made?

A fantastic Spring with highly successful flowering allowed us to shoot thin and cluster select down to one bunch per shoot. The whole ripening season was a little earlier than average and despite some good January rain, the overall growing season was relatively dry. We picked fruit with lower sugars but with beautiful flavour and stem ripeness. The resulting wines have lower alcohol, but similar acid levels to the 2017, but with a little more tannin structure. All the 2018 Pinots have lovely perfume, colour and a very generous mouthfeel.

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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