The Giant Steps Story
Located in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, Giant Steps is recognized as a global benchmark for cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The winery was established in 1998, one year after founder Phil Sexton arrived in the Yarra Valley in search of ideal sites to produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of purity and finesse. Enlisting the help of Chief Winemaker Steve Flamsteed who joined the winery in 2003, the two set to create a range of wines that personify the Yarra Valley. Today, the winery is regarded as one of the most progressive in Australia and is recognized globally for its pursuit of site expression. The wines are among the most anticipated releases from Australia and considered benchmarks for the Yarra Valley.
Why's this wine for you?

Here we stand, in the shadows of Giants, in awe of this world renowned estate and the seemingly miraculous wines they produce.

Steve Flamsteed and the hyper-talented crew at Giant Steps are the undisputed masters of cool-climate Yarra Valley fruit - together they’ve rustled up some Yarra Valley classics over the years, but we reckon they’ve outdone themselves with these latest, 2021 vintage releases.

Looking for that next, great quaffable red? Well, this is it.For a little context, LDR stands for Light Dry Red, and refers to a blend of Pinot Noir and Shiraz designed for young drinking.

After the astonishing 2019 vintage, in which we single-handedly sold 20,000 bottles, the sad news came. The Label was being discontinued. There were many watery eyes that day. But now, in 2021, it has somehow made a miraculous comeback. Think plush, juicy berries, light spice and fresh acidity with lithe tannins. It all makes for one dangerously drinkable wine.


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The Brief
Alcohol
13.5%
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2021
Cellar to
2023
Light Dark
Wine Scale 1
How's it taste?
The nose features generous berry aromas, which continue onto the pallet. The strawberry notes are complimented with fine yet firm tannins to provide a soft and well-structured mouthfeel.
How was it made?
2021 was an outstanding vintage in the Yarra Valley.The season was defined by a cool Spring, a mild growing season, cool nights and some convenientlyspaced rain events.The vineyards developed dark green healthy canopies with strong vine energy and solid fruit set.This resulted in balanced crops with concentrated bunch flavour, vibrant colours and high toneperfumes.VINIFICATION:100% hand-picked.Fermented in small open vats with indigenous yeasts.The Syrah fermented using 100% whole bunch carbonic maceration.The Pinot Noir was destemmed and cold soaked for 4 days, and then fermented as whole berries.3 months maturation in large old French oak barrels.No fining or filtration, bottled by gravity.FOOD:Hibachi char-grilled octopus with a squeeze of lemon.Manchego cheese and green olive tapenade.Wood fired pizza.Miso eggplant, baked polenta with salsa verde.Pork rilletesand cornichons.Toasted sourdough.
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92 Points
Mike Bennie - The Wine Front
May the pinot noir syrah realm continue!Soft, juicy red. Crisp tannins, raspberry and strawberry characters abound, white pepper spice, blood orange acidity. Thirst-quenching kind of feel. Great sense of tension and precision. Fresh as. A vibrant, exciting red.
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