2010 Giant Steps Pinot Noir Sexton Vineyard
Pinot Noir - 750ML

  • JH 96
  • WF 94
  • IWC 92
  • WA 91
  • WS 90

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JH 96
James Halliday - James Halliday, November 2011
From the estate vineyard with seven clones 10% whole bunches remainder destemmed not crushed (the same for all four wines); five-day cold soak 12-day ferment with minimal plunging; 24% new French oak 25% one-year-old... From the estate vineyard with seven clones 10% whole bunches remainder destemmed not crushed (the same for all four wines); five-day cold soak 12-day ferment with minimal plunging; 24% new French oak 25% one-year-old; like all four wines 11 months in oak. A highly fragrant bouquet with cherry and wild strawberry fruit that carries through to the silky palate. Very attractive wine.
WF 94
Wine Front - Wine Front, September 2011
A pretty wine so much so that you almost want to cuddle it. Sweet red fruit and choc-vanilla spice and a touch of smoky undergrowth. It's soft and full with squishy red cherry balanced non-invasive acidity and supple fine... A pretty wine so much so that you almost want to cuddle it. Sweet red fruit and choc-vanilla spice and a touch of smoky undergrowth. It's soft and full with squishy red cherry balanced non-invasive acidity and supple fine grained tannin that spreads out on the finish. Has complexity and it drinks beautifully. An easy style to fall in love with. Almost rated it a little higher.
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2011
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... 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.--Josh Raynolds
WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2011
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%)... 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+.
WS 90
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, February 2012
Lots of raspberry and tobacco flavors slide easily across polished tannins lingering nicely on the deftly balanced finish. Graceful stuff. Drink now through 2017. -HS
Color & Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Country Australia
Region Victoria
Sub-region Yarra Valley
Vintage 2010