2019 Giant Steps Yarra Valley LDR Pinot Noir Syrah

2019 Giant Steps Yarra Valley LDR Pinot Noir Syrah

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RRP: $37.00 per bottle21% OFF

$28.99

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$29.99 per single bottle
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LDR stands for Light Dry Red, a blend of Pinot Noir and Syrah, modelled on the famous wines of Maurice O'Shea.

Just like those legendary wines, this Yarra red is the most drinkable wine you can think of - a beautifully generous, silky smooth and oh-so-attractive red blend of almost unlimited appeal.

Your only challenge is not emptying the bottle in a heartbeat...

Expert Reviews

95 Points - James Halliday - Halliday's Wine CompanionHand-picked, wild yeast, co-fermented in small open fermenters with 50% whole bunches, matured for 5 months in large French oak vats. A very cleverly made wine (in terms of preplanning) that is yet another example of the intrinsic worth of this blend, red and black cherry, spice and pepper all held in a fine net of tannins.
94 Points - Angus HughsonPinot Shiraz – who knew? Well the blend has a bit of history in the Hunter Valley but now is making a resurgence in the Yarra too, with Giant Steps and winemaker Steve Flamsteed , as usual at the front of the curve. It is a food wine, made for the table – Australian for Beaujolais, and it is delicious. It is a very pretty bright cherry red and the fruit is immediately attractive. There are layers of cranberry, raspberry, dried herbs and stalky spice with a touch of aged meat thrown in too. The palate shows superb purity, a textural silkiness but is also quite savoury with supple tannins underlying a long and drying finish. While it is delicious, it does not feel ready just yet – this wine has more to give and just needs maybe six months to start showing its best.
92 Points - Mike Bennie - The Wine FrontThis is a nice one. Smooth ride to a chompy finish. Mesh of forest berries, syrah, peppery spice, syrah, cherry and cranberry tang, pinot noir, fine, sleek tannins, probably pinot noir, plume of fruitiness right before the tannin pucker to close, mix of syrah and pinot. It holds shape well, feels slippery and reserved, drinks a charm, almost thirst quenching, plenty of detail, lots of joy. A really easy to like medium weight red of character.

Tech stuff

Red Blend
Giant Steps
Yarra Valley
2019
750ml
13%
Cellar to 2025
Screw Cap

How's it taste?

A very old school Aussie blend. Vibrant mix of cherry and dark fruits detailed with earthy and savoury flavours. It really displays a finer style which Pinot Noirs brings to the table while showing off a little more than average tannin structure. Craving a cured meat plate after trying.

How was it made?

Minimal intervention in the vineyard and 100% hand-picked. Fermented in small open oak vats and stainless steel fermenters using indigenous yeasts. Pinot Noir and Syrah co-fermented. Fermented with very little cap work - a real focus on carbonic maceration. 100% malolactic fermentation. 50% whole bunch. 6 months in seasoned French oak vats only. Bottled by gravity, no filtration at bottling.

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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