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.
While they loved the wines they were producing, they dreamed of creating a small, specialized cool climate vineyard together, as a family, from scratch. In 1997, they sold Devils Lair and crossed Australia to a dream site on the slopes of Victoria's Yarra Valley, alongside benchmark cool climate vineyards they had long admired.
Great wine is made in the vineyard. At its best, it is like a fingerprint, inextricably linking the personality and mood of the land from which it has sprung. The Sextons feel their role as winemakers is to express the true character of the fruit, shepherding it through the winemaking process with minimum intervention. They seek to grow fruit and make wine that is less overt and obvious than is encouraged in Australia. They look for structure and length rather than breadth, finesse rather than largesse and above all, fruit rather than artifact. All work is done by hand, and they strive to grow the best fruit possible, whatever the cost.
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The 2011 Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay is scented of orange blossom, pineapple and passion fruit with underlying suggestions of baker's yeast, butterscotch and a pleasant lift of lemon zest. Light to medium-bodied, it is well poised in the mouth with a touch of creamy texture and refreshing acidity... more
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Arthurs Creek Vineyard is uniquely located in a low lying creek flat. The well drained soil is made up of fine, lime-rich silt, built up from the old creek bed. The vineyard is cool and sheltered, with frost an ever-present danger throughout spring. Planted in 1976, fruit from this old vineyard is... more
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. more
The nose offers aromas of fresh cream, white peaches, river stones, spearmint, curry leaf, and muesli. The palate is long and lush with beautiful chalkiness. Alongside a backbone of crisp and punchy acidity are notes of Granny Smith apple skins, green
mango, and shortbread. more
The 2010 Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir is pretty and supple. It has lovely rustic cherry notes, cinnamon, cloves, dark chocolate and ginger. On the palate, poached cherry, olive, cinnamon and treacle, along with orange peel and vanilla bean. Its focused and fine tannins are assisted by judicious... more
The nose offers aromas of lanoline, madarin and lemon zest, with fresh ginger and jasmine.
The palate is tight with long, lean grapfruit acidity, balance by chalky tannins and mid-palate
fruit weight. more
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. more
The 2006 Miller Vineyard Shiraz exudes concentrated black berries, roasted herbs, cracked
pepper, and dark olive aromas. Juicy black cherries, violets, and ripe plum characters appear
as the wine opens up. On the succulent palate, raspberry licorice, coffee and black forest cake
are backed by... more
The 2006 Harry's Monster is a confronting wine showcasing dark chocolate, toasted nuts,
roasted meats and braised dark cherries. Complimented by Cabernet-dominant characters
of blackcurrant and wild blackberries and overtones of oak. The medium weight palate
follows course, with a soft, slippery... more
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The 75 acre Giant Steps vineyard is on the north face of the Warramate Ranges in the central Yarra Valley, an hour east of Melbourne. Established across a series of ridges rising from the 300 to 1000 foot level, the vineyard is... more
The 75 acre Giant Steps vineyard is on the north face of the Warramate Ranges in the central Yarra Valley, an hour east of Melbourne. Established across a series of ridges rising from the 300 to 1000 foot level, the vineyard is planted to rocky/ gravelly clays. The pinot plantings comprise a... more