Giant Steps `Gladysdale Vineyard` Pinot Noir 2008 (6 x 750mL), Yarra Valley

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Plump mid palate, thick, breadth, juicy, seamless, racy acidity, early low tannin, acid and tannin work together, lively, thick skinned apple, perssimmon, zingy, grapefruit, grippy-freshness/tight, round expansive core.

VIC - Yarra Valley

Expert Reviews

Pale red. Highly scented. Meaty and interesting. Not big but everything is in the right place. Zesty and refreshing. Correct flavours. Drink 2010 - 2014.

Rating 17 -Jancis Robinson (07/10/2010)

The 2008 Gladysvale Vineyard Pinot Noir was harvested a few weeks later than the other Pinots. Giving a bright pale ruby color, it has notes of red cherry and game with nuances of roses, forest floor and cinnamon. The medium-bodied palate has a high level of acid and soft, silky tannins going into a long savory finish. Approachable now but it should keep a good ten years, Rating 92 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate,(01/07/2010)

From a cool site high in the Upper valley on basalt/volcanic soils, my tasting note ends in 'delicious' and a 19/20 mark. It has incredibly pure, concentrated damson fruit with a spicy, almost red chilli kick to it. Plump on the mid-palate but the crisp acidity gives a really tight, lean finish. The quality across the Giant Steps range was impressive and I also recommend the Sexton Vineyard 08 Chardonnay - minerally, tight with classy hazelnut-like French oak and oatmeal. Rebecca Gibb, (02/07/2010)

Light ruby in the glass with hints of orange at the edge, this wine smells of cranberry and raspberry. In the mouth it is silky and wonderfully textured with cranberry and raspberry flavors. Super faint tannins creep around the bright orange peel and juicy. lightly woody flavors. Nice finish. Score: around 9. Alder Yarrow, (27/04/2010)

There's a slightly herbal overtone to this wine's cranberry and brown sugar-cinnamon aromas, but it adds complexity rather than detracting from the fruit. It's supple and round in the mouth, turning crisper on the long finish. Drink now-2015. Rating 87 Wine Enthusiast (USA) (31/10/2009)

Lightly spicy, fennel seeds and a touch of coffee and briar. An earthiness to some cherry fruit. Beautifully sweet, mouth-filling fruit. Has a plump red berry opulence, but a nice edge of roughening tannin and some spice - a lot of spice emerging. 91/100 -Tom Cannavan (10/09/2009)

Bright and clean hue; a gently spicy red fruit bouquet, the palate with red and black cherry fruit augmented by spicy/savoury notes on the long finish.

Rating 93 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2009 (01/03/2009)

Pinot noir shouldn’t be overblown, but the best ones have a sense of penetration – it’s part of their magic. This wine tries for that and doesn’t quite achieve it, though along the way it shows excellent, savoury tannin structure and a good hit of meaty, spicy flavour.

Quality French oak is evident but subtle and, when you swallow it, it leaves a taste of dry Turkish delight. Given a stint in the cellar it could rate higher. I like a bit of meatiness in my pinot and this wine takes a good savoury crack at it. Good, ripe fruit flavour lying beneath. Rating 92 - Campbell Mattinson, WineFront Magazine (01/09/2009)

Winery Tasting Notes


Cherry, raspberry, aniseed/red liquorice,breadth, fresh mushroom, sherbert, prickly spice, grapefruit, perfume - potpurri, musk, rose petal, Integrated oak.


Plump mid palate, thick, breadth, juicy, seamless, racy acidity, early low tannin, acid and tannin work together, lively, thick skinned apple, perssimmon, zingy, grapefruit, grippy-freshness/tight, round expansive core.

Food Matching

Service Asian duck salad, 5 spice pork belly, Cheddar

Cellaring Potential

One to five years.

VIC - Yarra Valley
Grape Style
Pinot Noir
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

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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