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Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Jones Block Shiraz 2004

Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
  • JH94
  • WS92
  • RP89
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Winemaker Notes

Nose: Dark rose flowers, violets and raspberry coulis. Carmelized Spanish onions and balsamic vinegar. Asian spices and soy.

Palate: Earthy, rain on granite. Roasted beetroot and chocolate.

Cellar: Drink now or hide in the cellar for 3-10 years for additional complexity.

Critical Acclaim

JH 94
Australian Wine Companion

Very good colour; McLaren Vale with a dose of elegance; finely balanced plum, black cherry and blackberry fruit; fine tannins, good oak.

WS 92
Wine Spectator

Polished and vibrant, a silky wine with gorgeous tobacco-scented blackberry and dark plum flavors that sail on and on through the open-textured finish. Pure and seductive, appealing now but it can get better with cellaring.

RP 89
The Wine Advocate

The chocolate, berry fruit, pepper, and spice characteristics found in the 2004 Shiraz Jones Block Sexton are alluring. A deeper, more layered effort than the Pinot Noir, it possesses good density, ripeness, size, and balance. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.

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Giant Steps

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Giant Steps, , Australia
Giant Steps
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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One of the world’s most popular and playful sparkling wines, Prosecco is a specialty of northeastern Italy, spanning nine provinces of the Veneto and Fruili-Venezia Giulia regions. A higher-quality version that must meet more stringent production requirements is known as Prosecco Superiore and must come from the town of either Valdobiaddene or Conegliano. Prosecco can be produced as a still wine, a semi-sparkling wine (“frizzante”), or a fully sparkling wine (“spumante”)—the latter being the most common. While it is typically produced in a “brut” (dry) style, its fresh and fruity character preserved by the tank method of carbonation often makes it seem a bit sweeter than it is in reality. “Extra brut” styles incorporating higher levels of residual sugar are quite popular, however.

Made from the Glera grape, which was formerly and confusingly called Prosecco, these wines are notable for pleasant flavors of peach, pear, melon, green apple, and honeysuckle. Lower pressure during the carbonation process means that the bubbles are lighter and frothier than in Champagne or other traditional method sparkling wine, and less persistent. Prosecco is also a great choice to blend with orange juice for mimosas for a classic brunch beverage.

OBCS04SH_2004 Item# 101670

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