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Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Pinot Noir

Cracka Review

Nose: Earthy, charry, tobacco and mushrooms.

Palate: Fresh coconut, blackberry tart, mulberry, anzac biscuits, roasted almonds, roasted fennel seeds, beautiful intregrated oak.

Food: Twice cooked confit duck, game, Peking duck, strong hard cheese.

Giant Steps Wine Reviews and Accolades

"From a single vineyard planted in 1988 in the Tarrawarra sub-region, the 2010 Tarraford Vineyard Pinot Noir underwent wild fermentation in small open top fermenters with no whole bunches and was matured 11 months in new (30%) and old French oak (barriques 75%, puncheons 25%). Medium ruby-purple colored, it has moderately pronounced aromas of ripe cherries and warm raspberries with an undercurrent of nutmeg, toast and milk chocolate. Light to medium bodied, it has moderate fruit concentration with a medium-high level of balanced acid and low to medium grainy tannins, finish long and a little earthy. Drink it now to 2015." - 90 Points, Lisa Perotti-Brown for The Wine Advocate, 2011

"Whereas the Sexton is made from a bunch of different clones, this is made from only the trusty old MV6. The colour is the darkest of the four (single vineyard releases) and the fruit flavour profile follows its lead. Dark berries and raspberry, with a smell that I always take delight in calling “worm farm”, though you may recognize it as a wholesome earthy scent. There’s a little spice and subtle biscuity oak too. It’s a smooth unit, even and long, with a sweep of fine grained tannin and an impressive sense of balance." - 96 Points, Gary Walsh for The Wine Front, 2011

Winemaker's Notes

Nose: Earthy, charry, tobacco and mushrooms.

Palate: Fresh coconut, blackberry tart, mulberry, anzac biscuits, roasted almonds, roasted fennel seeds, beautiful intregrated oak.

Food: Twice cooked confit duck, game, Peking duck, strong hard cheese.

Giant Steps Wine Reviews and Accolades

"From a single vineyard planted in 1988 in the Tarrawarra sub-region, the 2010 Tarraford Vineyard Pinot Noir underwent wild fermentation in small open top fermenters with no whole bunches and was matured 11 months in new (30%) and old French oak (barriques 75%, puncheons 25%). Medium ruby-purple colored, it has moderately pronounced aromas of ripe cherries and warm raspberries with an undercurrent of nutmeg, toast and milk chocolate. Light to medium bodied, it has moderate fruit concentration with a medium-high level of balanced acid and low to medium grainy tannins, finish long and a little earthy. Drink it now to 2015." - 90 Points, Lisa Perotti-Brown for The Wine Advocate, 2011

"Whereas the Sexton is made from a bunch of different clones, this is made from only the trusty old MV6. The colour is the darkest of the four (single vineyard releases) and the fruit flavour profile follows its lead. Dark berries and raspberry, with a smell that I always take delight in calling “worm farm”, though you may recognize it as a wholesome earthy scent. There’s a little spice and subtle biscuity oak too. It’s a smooth unit, even and long, with a sweep of fine grained tannin and an impressive sense of balance." - 96 Points, Gary Walsh for The Wine Front, 2011

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Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deepest colour. 100% destemmed to small fermenters; six day cold soak, then half the fermenters plunged regularly, half left untouched. 100% wild yeast; MV6, 114 and 115 clones; 530 dozen made. The most powerful of their wines, with a strong, albeit ripe, tannin frame for the plum and black cherry fruit; a distinct fruit lift on the finish.
Wine Companion Magazine, 2011 2011
95
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This bottling carries richer, meatier elements to the nose: dark, toasted baking spices and charcuterie, some toasty oak, and darker-purple cherry and plum fruit. The palate's weighty and dense, and fine tannins work away below spiced-plum and mulberry flavours. Smooth, round and approachable.
SMH Good Wine Guide, 2011 2011
93
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Assertive and well structured, this stylish and well-mannered pinot has a spicy, herbal and meaty bouquet of dark plums, blueberries, dark cherries and raspberries lifted by scents of blue flowers, mint and menthol. It's long, smooth and supple, with a punchy, tomatoey presence of redcurrant fruit underpinned by fine, crunchy tannins, finishing with fresh acids. A little too tomatoey for a higher rating.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
91
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Defined perfumed intense raspberry leaf juicier fruit than the Sexton.
Rob Geddes MW
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Light and clear colour; fragrant aromatics range from red fruits to forest; a correspondingly fine and delicate palate, perfectly balanced and with immaculate length; overall light-bodied but none the worse for that.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Slightly awkward and disjointed in its youth, this rather wild and funky pinot has everything it needs to appear quite impressive over the medium term. Its unusual confectionery-like aromas of raspberries, cherries and quince reveal smoky, charcuterie-like undertones. Its savoury palate of plum and maraschino cherries is quite fine and restrained, but is underpinned by firm, drying bony tannins. Give it time.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
92
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Defined, perfumed intense, raspberry leaf juicier fruit than the Sexton.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
89
Campbell Mattinson (2008 Vintage) says
The Tarraford Vineyard is a star in the making for chardonnay and pinot noir. It’s a pinot noir for dyed-in-the-wool pinot lovers. It’s bright, exotic and rabid with all of sweet, sour and savoury flavours. I reckon it’s beautiful. It has lots of tantalising acidity, too, and a fine assertion of succulent, grippy tannin. Slightly smoky, sawdusty aftertaste – in the most positive of ways. It would be great to drink this with one of the wood-fired pizzas they serve at the fabulous Giant Steps cellar door and restaurant.
WineFront Magazine, 2009 2009
94
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
This has quite ripe and brooding dark fruits, black cherries and liquorice; hints of sappy wild herbs here too, and toasted spices and rich oak across the top. Plenty going on. The palate delivers handy precision and red-fruit/plum flavours; fine tannins sweep deep. Balanced and ready.
SMH Good Wine Guide, 2011 2010
93
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
The Tarraford Vineyard is a star in the making for chardonnay and pinot noir. This is a pinot noir for dyed-in-the-wool pinot lovers. It's bright, exotic and rabid with all of sweet, sour and savoury flavours. It's just beautiful. It has lots of tantalising acidity too, and a fine assertion of succulent, grippy tannin. Slightly smoky, sawdusty aftertaste - in the most positive of ways. Really good. It would be great to drink this with one of the wood-fired pizzas they serve at the fabulous Giant Steps cellar door and restaurant.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
94
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A complex array of red and dark fruits, toasty oak and earthy aromas on the bouquet; the palate is rich, yet fine and offers good structure and plentiful fine tannins to support the abundance of fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
95
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
This is the finer and more delicate pinot of the Giant Steps single vineyards: bright pristine red cherry fruits, attractive fragrance, some vanilla and sweet spices. The palate rolls fine layers, good build and shape, sweet spices and fine savoury tannins. An elegant, precise pinot with a bright future.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
94
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Defined perfumed intense raspberry leaf juicier fruit than the Sexton.
Rob Geddes MW
87
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Highly aromatic, fruit-driven bouquet and palate featuring wild cherry, plum and fruit spice; medium-bodied, well-balanced, and good oak handling
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
92
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Defined, perfumed intense, raspberry leaf juicier fruit than the Sexton.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
92

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