Giant Steps

Giant Steps

LDR Yarra Valley Pinot Noir Syrah 2019

No formal notes. See previous notes for other vintages. Pretty consistent from year to year. Just designed to be smashable. The red fruits, strawberry and raspberry from the Pinot combined with the pepper, spice and herbs from the Syrah. Can’t see that further cellaring will improve it in any way. — 2 months ago

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Bob McDonald

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Yes Ron I’m sure people would think that, however it is quite an old blend favoured by Hunter Valley pioneer and legend, Maurice O’Shea who was making wines like this in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. I think Dr Bailey Carrodus at Yarra Yering might have tinkered with it as well.
Ming L

Ming L

I had the Levantine Hill Rubeus, a blend of CS, Shiraz, PN, and Merlot. Looking back at my note it was quite seamless as well. Admittedly I tried it totally out of curiosity, but I’m glad I did.
Bob McDonald

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Levantine Hill’s reputation is rising as a top quality producer. There is so much quality wine available at the moment in Australia.

Giant Steps

Primavera Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

Savoury notes winning out over the fruit on the nose. Whole bunch stalky aromas with bright red fruits. On the palate red cherry and raspberry with that savouriness coming through on the palate. All in balance. Wines like this exemplify how Pinot can vary so much according to the terroir and the skill of the winemaker, in this case the talented Steve Flamsteed. — 3 months ago

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Jeremy Pollard

Jeremy Pollard

Also love their old label. So much character. New one just looks like a Mac Forbes “me too”.
Bob McDonald

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I haven’t seen the new label since Jackson Family Wines bought Giant Steps. Can’t see the point in changing it to be honest.

Azienda Agricola Roberto Voerzio

Cerequio Barolo Nebbiolo 2004

Beautiful. You can taste when a winemaker steps back and allows the fruit to speak for itself. Pure core. Cherry, floral, seemless structure, and perfect acidity. Crazy long finish. Tasted after an hour decant. This wine is great now but I can only imagine how it will evolve ten years from now. Drink or hold or mail to me. — 20 hours ago

Château Lagrange

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2008

Nice vintage St Julien. Had it on the Emirates flight Mauritius Dubai. Paired it with grilled giant prawns — a month ago

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Giant Steps

Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2020

Ron R

This is almost an instant replay of the 19 vintage, just that it took 24 hrs to get there.
Yesterday, I found it to be too sharp, and in need of cheese/food. After 24hrs, it’s still riveting, but in a much more controlled manner. Citrus fruits dominate, along with a flinty mid-palate. In the less than $30 bracket, this is tough to better. Additionally, based on its presentation, I would expect this to further improve over the next 15 or so years. Australia at its very best.
— 3 months ago

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Bodegas Toresanas

Orot Toro Tempranillo Roble 2019

Has with a giant slab of meat at the restaurant la familiar across from the hotel in Mexico City. Paired well. — 3 months ago

Château Palmer

Echantillon Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

Rich and lush, still plenty of life in it but a real gentle giant of a wine. On the adolescent side age wise, a pleasure of a drink — 19 days ago

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Trésor Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

3 steps above Siena… very good — a month ago

TwiLea Fletcher
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TwiLea Fletcher

TwiLea Fletcher

Mama can only do one thing at a time…. 🙄
Worth the step up and the meatballs? 🤤

Giant Steps

Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019

Everything Wine — 3 months ago

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Vie di Romans

Ciampagnis Chardonnay 2019

Delectable Wine

The 2019 Chardonnay Ciampagnis is a gentle giant, as sweet spice and white flowers complement musky apple and pear. Its silky textures communicate elegance just as a zesty bump of nervous acids and tart orchard fruits add a reverberation of tension. The 2019 turns smoky through the finale, leaving ginger-tinged apricot, zests of lime and the slightest nuance of butterscotch to linger. I love the contrasts here, yet a short stay in the cellar is advised to allow its aromatics to fully blossom. (Eric Guido, Vinous, April 2022)
— 2 months ago