My early encounters with 2008 Yarra Valley pinot noir suggest there's plenty of good wines to come. So, my next bottle off the rack is Giant Steps' single vineyard Sexton Vineyard; a wine whose style usually reflects the fuller, meatier side of Yarra Valley pinot.
Translucent garnet, with a somewhat withheld expression of meaty cherry and vanilla oak aromas backed by a spicy hint of stalk, this fuller, sumptuous pinot noir reveals a juicy undercarriage residing beneath its bright cherry, strawberry and dry earth flavours, however, it's a little loose, lacking concentration and tightness. The ripe, straight forward palate remains pleasingly varietal for the most part, finishing with a faint raw element underscoring its soft acidic outline.
O Although well ripened this isn't as meaty as some recent Sexton Vineyard pinots, but it does reveal a similar (yet fainter) rawness to the one which I felt hampered the 2006 release (89pts). Drink to 2013.