2010 Giant Steps Pinot Noir Sexton Vineyard

Year: 2010
Appellation: Yarra Valley
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 91+
Vinous Media: 92
Jeremy Oliver on Australian Wine: 93
Red Wine
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"Lots of raspberry and tobacco flavors slide easily across polished tannins, lingering nicely on the deftly balanced finish. Graceful stuff. Drink now through 2017. 900 cases imported." (WS)

"A single vineyard wine from the Sexton vineyard planted in 1997, the 2010 Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir underwent a wild fermentation in small open top fermenters using 10% whole bunches and was matured 11 months in new (30%) and older French oak barriques. Medium ruby-purple colored, it offers a moderate intensity of ripe red cherry and pomegranate aromas with hints of cedar, lavender and cinnamon stick. Light to medium bodied, it gives a good amount of pure red berry flavors supported by crisp acid and a low level of fine-grained tannins. The finish is long with a little cinnamon toast coming though the berry vibrancy. Drink it now to 2015+." (WA)

"Light, bright red. An exotic, perfumed bouquet displays raspberry, blackberry, sandalwood and lavender, plus a hint of blood orange. Racy but deep in red and dark berry flavor, showing exotic floral and spice nuances and strong minerality. Finishes on a tangy blood orange note, with excellent clarity." (IWC)

"Supple and stylish, likely to build considerable depth and colour in the bottle, it’s scented with a delicate perfume of sweet raspberries, dark cherries and fine-grained, toasty oak. Supported by fine, crunchy tannins, its smooth, silky palate of juicy, but restrained cherry flavours reveals a faint herbal aspect but finishes long and savoury." (JO)

Winery Notes:
Hand picked, sorted and crushed to small open vessels. Cold soaked then hand plunged through fermentation. Extended maceration prior to 12 months barrel aging. Minimal handling, no pumps sulfur or filtration. Floral, earthy spice, cherries. Textural, medium weight, ripe fruit balanced over dusty tannins.