Giant Steps `Sexton Vineyard` Merlot 2008 (6 x 750mL), Yarra Valley, VIC.

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Overview

Cocoa, dried herbs and bay leaf on the palate. Lingering and savoury with an underlying cherry fruit. Ripe and even with fine tannins.

Region:
VIC - Yarra Valley
State:
Victoria
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

Merlot may well have a reputation as ’soft and fruity’ but when it’s at its best it’s often a lot more challenging than that. This Sexton Vineyard Merlot is a challenging wine, in a positive sense.

Steely, blueberried fruit flavour. Briary notes - though it’s not green. Lots of stern, almost gruff tannin. But the bold power to carry, and support, each of these components. Merlot as a statement. Lots of structured and lots of dry power. 92+ points - Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front (01/09/2010)

Has more structure and conviction than many merlots; is there a percentage of cabernet? Black fruits with a black olive edge; food style.Drink 2018 Rating 91 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion Edition 2011

Winery Tasting Notes

Aroma

Black olives, brianry fruit. Hints of black jellybeans. Cocoa and dark chocolate.

Palate

Cocoa, dried herbs and bay leaf. Lingering and savoury with an underlying cherry fruit. Ripe and even with fine tannins.

Food Matching

Fresh pasta with prosciutto and fresh peas. Beef ragu. Manchego cheese.

Cellaring Potential

Three to five years.

Winemaking Notes

The Merlot was picked earlier than average but the fruit had great phonological ripeness. Fruit was hand picked into 350 kg perforated bins and chilled overnight before being destemmed, hand sorted as berries, then conveyed to small open fermenters. A three-day cold soak was followed by an eight-day warm ferment with hand plunging twice daily. Ferments were gravity drained, aerated and returned to skins daily during the peak of ferment.

Vintage
2008
Region
VIC - Yarra Valley
Grape Style
Merlot
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
13.9%

Winery Profile

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Yarra Valley based vignerons, the Sexton family live in the middle of their 80 acre vineyard established on the high north face of the Warramate Ranges in the dress circle of the Yarra Valley, one hour east of Melbourne.

At Giant Steps, they explore site, micro climatic and clonal differences between several specialised vineyards in the Yarra Valley including their own multiclonal vineyard and the highly regarded Tarraford vineyard.

Focused intently upon reflecting the individual and unique characteristics of each single vineyard, Giant Steps adopts a minimalist approach to winemaking including, whenever possible, vinification using indigenous yeasts and gravity flow transfers.

When in the Yarra Valley you must stop by the winery/cellar door situated in the main street of Healesville, which offers wood fired pizzas, in-house roasted coffee, cheese, beer on tap, and of course wine.

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