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Giant Steps Pinot Noirtext
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Giant Steps Pinot Noir 2020

Yarra Valley, Victoria, AustraliaYou are going to love this 2020 regular label that is so fresh and juicy with blood, red cherry, and a lovely earthy forest floor undercurrent that it is anything but regular. Wow, just delicious. The estate pinot is made with a mix of vineyards: Sexton, Applejack, Primavera, and Tarraford, harvested between February and April. The average yields were lower across all the pinot blocks thanks to tighter and smaller bunches, all set off by wonderful natural acidity. The fruit is hand picked, chilled and cold soaked over four days before it warms to a wild ferment in small vessels, both stainless steel and open oak vats. About 40 percent of the fruit goes in the whole bunch, and it is all matured in French oak, 10% new, for eight months in a mix of 225-litre barriques and 4000-litre oak vats. The winery suggests handmade pappardelle and shredded confit duck leg and arugula, and I say bring it on.Tasted: 21 May 2021Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 55.99 select private retailers Producer: Giant Steps WineDistributors: Summit Fine Wines
Grape: Pinot NoirUPC: 850023739018