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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 Wine Types
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.
Giant Steps Brands
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.
Giant Steps Winery
Giant Steps wines 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.
|Wine Region||Yarra Valley|
|Address||336 Maroondah Highway, Healesville, VIC, 3777, Australia|
|Phone||(03) 5962 6111|
Nose: Black olives, briary fruit. Hints of black jellybeans. Cocoa and dark chocolate. Palate: Cocoa, dried herbs and bay leaf. Lingering and savoury with an underlying cherry fruit. Ripe and even with fine tannins. Food: Fresh pasta with Prosci...
Nose: Cherry, Raspberry, Aniseed/red liquorice, Breadth, Fresh Mushroom, Sherbert, Prickly spice, Grapefruit, Perfume - potpurri, musk, rose petal, integrated oak. Palate: Plump mid palate, thick breadth, juicy, seamless, racy, acidity, early low...
Nose: Roasted almonds, charry, roasted chestnuts, Savoury. Gamey, truffle, nutmeg, Cranberry/blackberry, coffee, dark brown sugar/caramel. Palate: Swallowing silk. Juicy, plump, rich. Seductive. Food: Pea and prosciutto pasta. Cheese: Holy ...