Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot Cabernet Franc Yarra Valley Victoria
The Sexton family live in the middle of their eighty acre vineyard on the high north face of the Warramate Ranges, within the dress circle of Yarra Valley. The vineyard is introducing organic practises with the express purpose of further distinguishing the site and improving grape and wine quality. In exceptional years, parcels of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot are separately fermented. The best lots are assembled into a multiple trophy winer named Harry's Monster and treated to an extravagant maturation in the finest oak.
The winemaking at Giant Steps is holistic and closely micro managed, a particular objective is to enhance the natural microflora for the facilitation of indigenous fermentations in the winery. Grapes are hand picked, destemmed and crushed to small open fermenters. A mix of indigenous and cultured yeasts initiate several days of warm vinification to dryness. Ferments are well aerated, hand plunged and gravity rack returns for a fortnight. Upon completion, the cap is submerged for a two or three weeks to integrate and polymerize tannins. Batches are treated to an airbag press and racked off gross lees to a mix of seasoned and new French oak barriques for malolactic and eighten months maturation. Alcohol 14.1%
Deep crimson colour. A dark, brooding bouquet of black cherries and kalamata, violets and bramble. Full palate, densely layered with rich dark fruits and earthy, gamey complexity over a structure of sleek, polished oak and extensive tannins. Very strong in primary fruit, generosity and mouthfeel, its ripe seed tannins are simply singing in its youth, showing exceptional balance on a long lasting finish.