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Giant Steps - Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: Victoria
  • Wine Area: Yarra Valley
  • Wine Maker: Steve Flamsteed, Tim Shand, Phil Sexton
  • Grape: Pinot Noir
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2019
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 92+ (2014) VS: 93 (2015) JR: 17 (2015) WS: 90 (2014) JS: 97 (2015) WE: 92 (2014) JH: 95 (2016) WF: 96+ (2015)

Wine tasting notes

Vivid ruby red. The bouquet mingles spice-accented red fruit and floral pastille scents with dried flowers, anise and woodsmoke. An undercurrent of zesty minerality gives focus and lift to the plump raspberry and bitter cherry flavours on the palate. Spice returns on the subtly tannic finish, which lingers with great clarity.

Winery Information

Giant Steps

While the Innocent Bystander wines are made from grapes grown across the Yarra, the Giant Steps wines are produced exclusively from single vineyard sites. Grapes are selected from estate-owned and leased vineyards, as well as from long-term contracted growers. Head winemaker Steve Flamsteed and his team are making some of the best wines in Australia from these sites. Their aim is to express in each wine the character of the site, grape and vintage, and this they achieve by meticulous work in.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2014)92+ pts

Pale to medium ruby in color, the 2014 Pinot Noir Sexton Vineyard offers a pronounced perfume of red roses, lavender and dried Provence herbs over a core of black and red cherries, plus earth and underbrush hints. Medium-bodied, the palate is multilayered and wonderfully expressive with layers of red berry and earthy flavors supported by finely grained tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing with great length.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2015)93 pts

Brilliant ruby-red. High-pitched, expansive red berry liqueur and potpourri aromas are complicated by suggestions of Asian spices, candied rose and smoky minerals. Sappy, finely etched red fruit and spicecake flavors gain depth and power with aeration while maintaining a sense of finesse. Sappy, seamless and impressively pure on the impressively long finish, which is given shape by silky, well-integrated tannins. (2015)17 pts

Superbly pure red fruit with a lovely gentle balance. Good fine tannic fuzz and well-integrated acid. Pretty firm and structural, and the flavours are very newborn. (RH)

Wine Spectator (2014)90 pts

Perfumed, with dried lavender, rose petal and mineral details against a core of fresh, velvety cranberry and strawberry flavors, balancing intensity and elegance. Drink now through 2026

James Suckling (2015)97 pts

The most cerebral, layered, spicy and complex of the 2015 Giant Steps single-vineyard wines, this has a handy mix of savory and sweet aromas. There are cloves, chalky/stony smells, saffron and a swirling array of rose-like fragrances. It's really engaging and gently herbal, opening up into warmed, peppery spices and some musky florals, too. The palate is cut with finesse and detail and is really engaging and structurally complex for a pinot. The tannins strike the gentlest of grainy textures through fine pastry-like layers of fruit. Meanwhile, hints of blood-orange flavors meet crunchy red cherries and wild raspberries. Elegant yet powerful. Superb — their best to date. Delicious enough to drink now, but you'd be mad not to give it 5+ years. There is much to come!

Wine Enthusiast (2014)92 pts

Editor's Choice - Phil Sexton's wines under the Giant Steps label are becoming more consistent, and the 2014s may be his best yet. This is a medium- to full-bodied wine, with a supple, creamy texture and lingering notes of spring flowers and black cherries. Subtle oaking adds brown sugar and mocha shadings to the crisp finish. Drink now–2022.

James Halliday (2016)95 pts

Sexton Vineyard is in the Lower Yarra Valley, at 230m, MV6 clone, wild-fermented in a 4000l oak vat, 20% whole bunches, matured in French oak (25% new) for 11 months. Deep colour; the bouquet breathes black cherries, dark spices, the palate the fullest and more plummy than either Primavera or (at the other extreme) Applejack. Overall, the most powerful, but most closed/reductive of the trio

Wine Front (2015)96+ pts

Haze of cherry, sweet maraschino cherry, faint fennel, sniff of briar, exotic spice, touch of vanilla bean, but sweet as all that sounds, it’s more amaro sour-sweet than anything. And superb. Such volume of perfume too. Palate has an almost tactile white pepper dusting, feathery and suede tannins build that tactile feel, the wine draws long on an sleek elastic band of juicy, bright cherry fruit, that spice, glossy acidity. It sits in palate even, fine, long, restrained, finessed. Cashmere on the tongue. Far out.

Vinification Notes

Fruit was hand picked to 300 kg bins and chilled. It was 30% whole bunch pressed. The remaining fruit was de-stemmed, but not crushed. A three day cold soak followed. Fermentation with indigenous yeast took place for 11 days with minimal drain and returns and light plunges. The fermented must was gravity transferred into a pneumatic press and pressed to tank. The wine was then racked off its gross lees to oak for malolactic fermentation for 12 months in French burgundy coopers, of which 30% was new, 20% one year old and 50% older. It underwent coarse filtration before bottling on the 14th of May 2014.