Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
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%.
Light, bright crimson color. It has a good intensity of raspberry and cranberry aromas plus whole bunch notes of Mediterranean herbs and moss, over subtle hints of underbrush and black truffles. Medium bodied, it has great concentration in the mouth with plenty of ripe berry flavors plus a suggestion of green peppercorns supported by crisp acid and a medium level of grainy, savory tannins. The finish is long.
"From Gladysdale in the Upper Yarra Valley; 100% whole bunch fermenter 1, 30% fermenter 2, wild yeast, three-day cold soak, minimal plunging, 11-day fermentation, MV6, 114, 115 and 777 clones, 8% French oak, 260 dozen made. Light, bright crimson colour; a scented, floral bouquet, then a bright red fruit palate with spicy whole bunch flavours and savoury tannins."
Australian Wine Companion
"The 2010 Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir comes from a single vineyard planted in 1998 located in the Gladysdale (Upper Yarra) sub-region. It was made using natural yeast in small open top fermenters, 100% whole bunches and aged 11 months in new (30%) and older French oak barriques. Displaying a pale ruby color, it gives a good intensity of raspberry and cranberry aromas plus whole bunch notes of Mediterranean herbs and moss, over subtle hints of underbrush and black truffles. Medium bodied, it has great concentration in the mouth with plenty of ripe berry flavors plus a suggestion of green peppercorns supported by crisp acid and a medium level of silky tannins. The finish is long.
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