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Giant Steps

Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

After the recent straight entry level Giant Steps Pinot from 2017 which was fruit driven and quite delicious this is one of their individual paddock wines - Applejack which is made in a different style with whole bunch ferment to the fore. Notes of anise and white pepper to the red fruited nose and palate. Hint of clove. Oak is resolved to my palate. Impressive and showing Steve Flamsteed’s ability as a winemaker. Postscript: Jackson Family Wines from the USA has acquired Giant Steps as of a year ago I believe. I would expect Giant Steps to be more readily available in the US now. — 3 days ago

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Good to know, @Bob McDonald. I’ll keep an eye 👁 out for their portfolio.

By Farr

Tout Près Pinot Noir 2019

About as good as Aussie pinot gets. Aromatically explosive - dark spicy fruit, mushroomy funk, and a menthol/tobacco note . The palate is full bodied and silky without being heavy. The quality of the rich dark fruit needs the acid and honed tannins of a young vintage. This would make old bones given the balance, but I prefer the young precocious colt. This is serious and nothing like the Giant Steps pinots of previous notes. 94++ — 11 days ago

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Ten Minutes by Tractor

Judd Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

Amazing wine. In a blind tasting I would say it's New Zealand stuff, because of prevalent underbrush note in the nose. Well, I am definitely not experienced Australian Pinot Noir drinker. Anyways, underbrush, cherry, meat and ... sardines with tomato sauce. In one word - beautiful. On the palate it's delicate, precise and tasty. Perfect balance accompanied by long evolving aftertaste. — 2 days ago

Giant Steps

Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

Pale lemon in colour. Leesy nutty aromas. The palate is fuller than you normally get in the Yarra Valley with more stone fruit flavours and a smooth silky finish. A very moreish Chardonnay where the bottle disappeared quickly. — 19 days ago

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Giant Steps

Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2017

Pale Ruby in colour. Strawberry and Raspberry aromatics. The palate is very red fruit driven with strawberry and raspberry - quite delicious. I may be wrong but little evidence of whole bunch in the ferment. Oak is hardly detectable. Great value at $35AUD and should be an annual buy on top of the Individual Paddock Pinot Noirs which I buy regularly. Having a 2015 Applejack Pinot tonight. — 5 days ago

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Greg Gosselin

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Hi Bob, I’m considering a mixed case of 2020 Giant Steps Yarra chard/pinot at $24 each. Seems I can’t go wrong here, eh?
Bob McDonald

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Hi Greg. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Bannockburn

Chardonnay 2012

Struck match leesy smoky notes. At 9 years more savoury than fruit driven. Excellent mature Chardonnay from the Geelong district. — 20 days ago

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ESF

ESF

Always enjoyed their whites & reds! Cheers
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@ESF Agreed. Excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
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Great producer.

Bass Phillip

Crown Prince Gippsland Pinot Noir 2018

See previous notes from a few months ago in early July. This was Bass Phillip’s entry level Cuvée but under new owner, Jacques Fourrier it will be retired and the new entry level Pinot will be Bin 17K going forward. This had lovely fresh red fruited aromatics of cherry and strawberry — 9 days ago

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Giant Steps

Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2020

So delicious! An absolute favorite Chard presents with no oak, crisp and nicely balanced between fruit and minerals!
After 2 days of no hummingbirds, finally had one today! Keep those feeders up!
— 10 hours ago

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Trixie

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Cheers! 🍷Your pussy cat is adorable!😻
Eric L.

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I took my hummingbird feeder down this morning, but then I saw one looking in the window this evening. I guess I gave up on them too early!

Joshua Cooper

Doug's Vineyard-Romsey Pinot Noir 2020

It felt like extinguished fireworks when opened
Then it moves on the fruit, the mineral and the fun
Light and enjoyable
Perhaps not long living
— 2 days ago

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Bass Phillip

Reserve Pinot Noir 2009

Light Ruby in colour. A gorgeous nose of dusty red and black cherry with Five spice, decayed plant matter, sous Bois. I could sniff this for hours. Tastes way more youthful than 12 years with a solid core of red and black fruits which is gradually releasing - finishing with silky tannins. A few hours later that earthy red fruited perfume just keeps on giving. Only 2 barrels made, so, about 40 dozen. — 9 days ago

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Bob McDonald

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Particularly when they only make 40 dozen Ron. Production may increase under the new ownership.
Ron R

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New owner, Bob???
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Jacques Fourrier the Burgundian has bought it from Phillip Jones. Phillip’s stays on for a couple of years in a consulting role.