Monday, February 1, 2010


- Yarra Valley, VIC
- $24-$35
- Screwcap
- 13.5%alc

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.
89 points

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