BELIEVING IN GIANT STEPS
Phil Sexton has taken giant steps throughout Australia since 1997, developing a respected reputation as a mover and shaker. Admirably he created several well-established brands including Matilda Bay Brewery in Victoria, Little Creatures and Devil’s Lair in Western Australia, and Innocent Bystander in the Yarra Valley. However, he wanted to dedicate his efforts to producing polished sophisticated wines from single vineyards based on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
As a result, he gave up these ventures and in 2003 he partnered with his winemaker, Steve Flamsteed to focus on Giant Steps. While he did take giant steps in his life, that’s not how he came up with the winery. His affection to Jazz is the inspiration and is named for John Coltran’s album Giant Steps.
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Victoria is the smallest and most diverse wine-producing state in all Australia. Dating back from the 1880’s, it has more wine regions than any of the other states, with prestige for Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, including fortified and sparkling wines.
Giant Steps is located specifically within the town of Healesville in the Yarra region of Victoria state. Only an hour drive from the state capital Melbourne, Yarra Valley may be the most revered region. Having developed fame for elegant wines based on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, it also unsurprisingly produces the most sparkling wines.
Grapes are sourced in general from 8 different vineyards from the Yarra Valley, along with Tasmania and including Central Otago, New Zealand. Yet, this wine is a blend of 5 vineyards owned and managed by the duo: Sexton, Gruyere Farm, Tarraford, Applejack, and Wombat Creek Vineyards.
A QUICK REVIEW
This chardonnay was made in a modern fashion for early drinking. It displays a pale uniform gold.
Driven with zesty citrus fruits, of orange lemon, highlighted with honeydew melon, stone fruit of white peach along with raw almonds, mineral undertones, and spicy ginger.
Dry, medium acid, medium+ alcohol, medium+ body, creamy texture, medium + intensity with flavors of stone fruits, peaches and apricot, lemon zest, orange oil, and nutty shortbread. With a medium + finish
This is a very good wine. It’s elegantly balanced with crisp acid carrying the flavors of ripe stone and citrus fruits. It has a crisp backbone along with a solid mineral core. It was a bit tight at the beginning, but as the bottle breath it opened into a lovely bouquet with a polished finish. This style has all the components to enjoy early on and wouldn’t evolve much more than it’s current personality.
I suggest exploring what Giant Steps is most known for, and that is their single vineyards. Spend a little more and savor something special. What do you think; do single vineyards express exceptional wines or a blend of serval vineyards?
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