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It was a matrimony between an American biochemist and the founder of Margaret River Devils Lair, that set the scene for one of the nation's most illustrious estates. A member of the Top 1OO Wineries of World, Giant Steps were established 1997, with a view to assembling an elite range of limited release Yarra Valley vintages. Crafted from the fruit of superior sites, some yielding just a few hundred cases each year, these are exclusive editions from bespoke parcels of elite terroir, bearing the curiously cryptic monikers of precious blocks of vine, Gruyere Farm, Applejack and Wombat Creek. Fashioned for aficianados of the euro style, defined by their winsome fruit and graceful tannins, the Giant Steps single vineyard range are all distinct for their expression of place, each articulate of a unique soil and influence of clime... Big wines from little vineyards»

Petaluma Coonawarra Merlot CONFIRM VINTAGE

Merlot Coonawarra South Australia
The nation's most long lived Merlot, a regional beacon of the varietal since since inaugural vintage of 1990. An assemblage of the best parcels from the distinguished Evans and Sharefarmer Vineyards. Both these mature sites yield a precious harvest of the most outstanding fruit. The palate is full, luscious and rich with loads of black fruits and cedar oak. A fully fleshed, immaculately detailed Merlot of satin textures and the most amazingly affable tannins, mesmerisingly perfumed by the heady notes of creme de cassis, Coonawarra violet, eucalypts and mint.
Available in cases of 6
Case of 6
$395.50
Bunches of grapes are all hand picked, transported to the Petaluma Piccadilly wineworks, destemmed and partially crushed. Juices are inoculated to a choice Petaluma strains of yeast, once a day the ferments are drained off and gently pumped back. After three weeks on skins, batches are drained, the skins are gently pressed and the wine is gravity fed to a selection of new Alliers and Nevers oak barriques. A course of secondery malolactic is followed by two years of rest, regularly rack and returned for clarification, gravity settled and bottled without filtration.
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