The Giant Steps Story
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.
Why's this wine for you?

Inspired by the pale Rosé's of Provence, Giant Steps have turned their attention to crafting the perfect Summer tipple. It whispers with strawberry, rose hip, watermelon & pomegranate. Wow, the Yarra Valley knows how to turn it on!

This was once described by a well known wine critic as 'a ripping Rosé at a sizzling price.'

And we would have to say the sentiment still stands. This is, potentially (at this very early stage) the wine of the Summer season. Fresh, frisky and filled to the brim with massive drinking pleasure, this saignee style rose, made from free-run Pinot Noir has the Giant Steps/Steve Flamsteed seal of approval writ large.

It's eminently pleasurable, with a real textural buzz that makes it easy to whip down, but at the same time, there's just a hint of cerebral interest to keep you coming back, time and time again.

If you've ever tasted the Giant Steps LDR then thinking of this wine as its Rose coloured sibling is the perfect segue. In fact, both wines are cut from the same cloth - the free run, early picked Pinot Noir juice gets pushed into this label, while the pressings end up in the LDR.

We would keep talking about the wine, but now we're just getting thirsty.

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The Brief
Alcohol
13.0%
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2021
Cellar to
2024
How's it taste?
A stunning Yarra Valley Rose, translucent pale salmon pink colour with a watery hue. Fragrant aromas of raspberry, peach and musk are trailed by faint stony notes. Supple on entry the palate has delicious flavours of strawberry, raspberry and musk. Finishes dry and crisp with some stony mineral elements on the invigorating aftertaste.
How was it made?
'Inspired really by what we are seeing out of southern France - those pale, bone dry Rosé’s from Provence, but also, we are intrigued by the perfume of early picked Yarra Valley Pinot. When it is hand-picked and gently pressed, it has to be one of the great varieties for a dry Rosé.' Steve Flamsteed

Hand-picked, whole bunch pressed, using the crémant cycle taking only the fresh free run. The clear juice was then racked to a stainless steel tank for a long cool ferment. Once the ferment was dry, the tank was given a quick chill before bottling in July.
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97 Points
James Halliday - Top 100 Wines
100% pinot noir, hand-picked, specifically for this rose, wild yeast fermented. Vibrantly fresh aromas and flavours; rose petals, violets and delicate spices on the bouquet, wild strawberries and raspberries on the mouth-watering palate. Great wine, not just great rose.
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