Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from Yarra Valley, Australia
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The Sexton Pinot Noir is wonderfully intricate: notes of wild blackberry, dried mushroom,
mulberry bush with braised plum, cinnamon stick and sour cherry. Its focused and fine
tannins are assisted by judicious Burgundian oak treatment.
"A hint of development in the colour; the bouquet is expressive with nuances of spice behind the dark plum fruit; the palate has good texture and mouthfeel, foresty notes adding interest; good length."
Australian Wine Companion
"Light, bright red. Assertive red and dark berries on the aromatic nose, with notes of rose and Asian spices coming up with air. Juicy, finely etched red berry flavors gain weight on the back and display good spicy bite. Tangy and impressively pure wine with excellent finishing clarity."
International Wine Cellar
"The 2008 Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir receives a proportion of whole bunches and some barrel fermentation followed by 12 months maturation in barriques, 35% new, leaving the wine on its lees for as long as possible. It reveals a bright pale to medium ruby color and aromas of ripe cherry, coffee, cooked beets and underbrush. Crisp with a low to medium level of very fine tannins, this is a moderately concentrated, juicy Pinot with a long finish. Around 2000 cases produced, this is one for drinking now or cellaring through 2017.
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Giant Steps is owned and operated by a small team - Phil, Allison and Harry Sexton. Their story starts 1600 miles and 23 years ago when Phil established the Devils Lair vineyard in Margaret River. He was joined there in 1990 by Allison, an American biochemist. Five years later, their son Harry was born.
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A short drive from Melbourne, Yarra Valley is the oldest and most successful of Victoria's wine growing regions. The cool climate of the area makes it suitable for the popular varieties of Pinot Noir & Chardonnay. Shiraz is also grown here and produces elegant and restrained wines, showing a different side to Australian wine. Notable Facts Producers of the Yarra Valley have hit...
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Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
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the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
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