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Giant Steps LDR Pinot Syrah - Yarra Valley

Giant Steps LDR Pinot Syrah 2018 - Yarra Valley

Vintage: 2018 | Type: Reds | Producer: Giant Steps
Region: Victoria
Blend: (51%) Pinot Noir (49%) Syrah
Alc: 13.0%
Closure: Screw cap
Bottle size: 750ml

The Real Review
The Wine Front
The Real Review
James Halliday Wine Companion

$31.50: as part of any six
$35.00: single bottle
$378.00: per case of 12

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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.

Good winter rains left the ground with good subsoil moisture resources. Canopies were large and healthy and the fruit set was extraordinarily successful. We did a “green” fruit thin back to one bunch per shoot across all blocks and the vine/fruit balance was perhaps the best we have seen in years. After a warm January, the flavours and skin ripeness came on very quickly. Even though days were warm, nights were cool. We picked relatively early to maintain fresh natural acidity.

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Our notes

A delightful example of the innovative Australian blend. 


The Real Review
Amazing aromatics with cherry jam and Turkish Delight accents. The palate is highly flavoursome, with a mix of snappy berry flavours underpinned by gorgeous savouriness. The palate is fabulously long and satisfying. The Real Review, 28 March, 2019


The Wine Front
This 2018 goes straight into the smashable zone. It’s fresh, perfumed and vibrant. ‘Energetic’ is the aim and energetic is the outcome. Florals, fruits, light/sweet spices. File it under Not A Care In The World. It’s the kind of wine we all need more of in our lives. The Wine Front, 24 October 2018


The Real Review
Deep red/purple colour, bright and glowing. The bouquet is very spicy and smoky berry-ish with definite shiraz overtones. The wine is light to medium-bodied and soft, easygoing, fruity and yet savoury, with a light shimmer of soft powdery tannins. A very fine wine with flavour, depth and drinkability. Lovely.


James Halliday Wine Companion
LDR stands for Light Dry Red, a term used by Maurice O'Shea in the '40s-'50s. From three vineyards, one in the Upper Yarra, two in the Lower Yarra Valley, 51% pinot noir, 49% syrah, co-fermented, very little work during fermentation, matured for 5 months in large French oak vats. The bouquet is highly perfumed, rich and spicy, the palate a near identical display of flavours. This blend is here to stay. James Halliday Wine Companion 2020, 1 August, 2019

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Producers notes

Giant Steps is a privately owned, estate based, Yarra Valley grower and winemaker. Giant Steps has forged a reputation fordelivering some of Australia’s most consistent, over-performing, varietal wines.

The Yarra Valley range is made from handpicked fruit from all of our estate vineyards. The wines are produced using indigenous yeasts, gravity-flow winemaking, and minimal fining and wines, true to the regional characteristics of the Yarra Valley.


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