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Giant Steps Pinot Noir Applejack Vineyard 2021

$79.95
13.50% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2021
  • WS 94
  • AWC 96
  • JS 93
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    Giant Steps Pinot Noir Applejack Vineyard 2021 is a remarkable wine from the esteemed Giant Steps winery. Winemaker Phil Sexton has crafted this wine using traditional methods, ensuring each bottle captures the essence of the Yarra Valley. This wine showcases a brilliant light–medium crimson red color, inviting and vibrant.

    On the nose, this Pinot Noir offers a delightful aroma of fresh raspberries and cranberries, combined with an enticing hint of spice. As you swirl the glass, you’ll notice subtle notes of clove, green cardamom, and a touch of Earl Grey tea, making the bouquet complex yet approachable.

    Tasting this Giant Steps Pinot Noir is a journey through flavors. The first sip reveals a medium-bodied texture with juicy cherry and raspberry flavors. These are complemented by a unique blend of white pepper and spices, including clove and green cardamom, adding depth to the taste. The wine finishes with a hint of salted caramel and a savory touch, making it both refreshing and satisfying.

    Giant Steps Pinot Noir Applejack Vineyard 2021 is made from 60% whole berries and 40% whole bunches, all hand-picked from vineyards across the Yarra Valley. The winemaking process is meticulous, with the grapes being chilled overnight before fermentation. The wine undergoes a combination of whole bunch and destemmed fermentation, using indigenous yeasts. This careful process enhances the wine’s natural flavors and ensures a smooth, well-rounded profile.

    Critical acclaims highlight the excellence of this wine. The Australian Wine Companion awarded it 96 points, praising its bright, light–medium crimson red color and the fresh, fruity aroma with just the right amount of spice. Wine Spectator gave it 94 points, noting its terrific focus and intensity, with flavors of Earl Grey tea, juicy cherry, raspberry, and a lingering finish of clove and green cardamom. James Suckling rated it 93 points, mentioning its spicy and chocolaty character, ripe red and dark berries, and a vibrant, juicy finish.

    Food pairings for this wine include turmeric and garlic roasted chicken with couscous, mushroom risotto with roasted enoki, and BBQ quail with five spice, fried spring onion, and garlic flakes. These dishes complement the wine’s flavors, enhancing the overall dining experience.

    Giant Steps Pinot Noir Applejack Vineyard 2021 is not just a wine; it’s an experience that captures the essence of the Yarra Valley. With its rich aromas, complex flavors, and critical acclaim, it is a perfect introduction to modern Yarra Pinot. Whether enjoyed now or aged for a few more years, this wine promises a delightful journey for your palate.

    15 reviews for Giant Steps Pinot Noir Applejack Vineyard 2021

    1. Shana Parker

      The Giant Steps Pinot Noir Applejack Vineyard 2021 is a delicious journey of flavors. The strawberry and raspberry notes blend with an earthy undertone, creating a unique taste.

    2. Lois Clark

      The Giant Steps Winery has outdone itself with this Pinot Noir. It’s a medley of flavors, with ripe strawberry and minerals taking center stage.

    3. Allen Herrera

      Phil Sexton’s creation, the applejack wine, is a delightful surprise. The smoke and forest floor notes give it a distinct, rustic charm.

    4. Ronald Walker

      I’ve always been a fan of Giant Steps Pinot Noir, and this Applejack Vineyard variant did not disappoint. The savory jam flavors are complemented by a hint of cinnamon and clove.

    5. Arthur Ferguson

      Phil Sexton’s applejack wine is a work of art. The sour cherry and savory notes give it a unique character that’s truly captivating.

    6. Darlene Wong

      Giant Steps Pinot Noir never disappoints. The Applejack Vineyard variant is a delicious dance of blackcurrant and dried strawberry flavors.

    7. Rafael Tomlinson

      Giant Steps Winery is synonymous with quality. Their Pinot Noir is a rich blend of tobacco and perfume notes, making it the perfect companion for a relaxing evening.

    8. Thomas Wagner

      The Giant Steps Pinot Noir is always a treat, but this Applejack Vineyard variant is exceptional. The raspberry and oak notes are truly sublime, it’s like walking through a forest.

    9. Jonathan Robinson

      Having a glass of wine from the Giant Steps Winery is always an experience. The Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir is delightfully peppered with flavors of mushroom and leather.

    10. Marty Meyer

      Just opened a bottle of Giant Steps Pinot Noir Applejack Vineyard 2021, and I’m impressed! The earthy tones compliment the strawberry and cherry notes perfectly.

    11. Theodore Books

      The Giant Steps Pinot Noir Applejack Vineyard 2021 is the embodiment of sophistication. The cedar and plum flavors are perfectly balanced, creating an unforgettable wine journey.

    12. Aaron Ponce

      Phil Sexton’s applejack wine is a sensory delight. The white pepper and blackberry notes are tantalizing, making every sip an adventure.

    13. Ronald Klotz

      The Giant Steps Pinot Noir Applejack Vineyard 2021 is a delightful wine. The cream and red currant notes are simply divine, it’s a must-try!

    14. Cleopatra Gill

      Phil Sexton sure knows how to create a masterpiece. His applejack wine has an enchanting blend of red fruit and vanilla flavors. It’s like a symphony in a bottle.

    15. Edwin Sellers

      Giant Steps Winery’s Pinot Noir is a flavor fiesta. The cranberry and apple notes are wonderfully refreshing, it’s the perfect wine to unwind with.

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    What does Giant Steps Pinot Noir taste like?

    Giant Steps Pinot Noir is a sophisticated wine showcasing remarkable varietal character. The bouquet reveals rose petal, dark cherry, and tomato leaf aromas, while the palate is both fleshy and tight, featuring savory, dusty notes and silky tannins.

    Why do people love Pinot Noir?

    This easygoing, lighter-bodied red is both complex and intriguing, with subtle characteristics that surprise us each time. Unlike the bolder, fuller-bodied Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah, Pinot Noir offers a more delicate experience.

    Critical Acclaim

    WS 94
    Wine Spectator
    Stunning, with terrific focus and intensity to the core of Earl Grey tea, firm, juicy cherry, raspberry and white pepper flavors. Notes of clove and green cardamom linger on the finish, with a touch of salted caramel. Drink now
    AWC 96
    Australian Wine Companion
    60/40% upper/lower Yarra Valley fruit. Hand picked and open-fermented with 60% whole berries, the remainder whole bunches. A very bright, light–medium crimson red. A gentle waft of fresh raspberries and cranberries, with just the right amount of spice-rack spices. Delicious right out of the gate, this medium-bodied and refreshing wine will age well too. The perfect introduction to modern Yarra pinot.
    JS 93
    James Suckling
    This shows a spicy and chocolaty character with an array of ripe red and dark berries, dried herbs and orange jam. Medium-bodied and silky with dusty tannins and vibrant, juicy fruit flavors that lead to a supple, savory finish. Drink now.

    What does Giant Steps Pinot Noir Applejack Vineyard 2021 taste like?


    Light
    Bold
    Smooth
    Tannic
    Dry
    Sweet
    Soft
    Acidic
    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    leather, earthy, mushroom

    Red Fruit flavors of the wine

    cherry, raspberry, red fruit

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, tobacco, vanilla

    apple, melon, stone fruit

    Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

    blackberry, plum, dark fruit

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    pepper, licorice, cinnamon

    Citrus notes found in the wine

    citrus, orange, lime

    cheese, cream, oil

    Vegetal notes found in the wine

    grass, asparagus, rhubarb

    fig, prune

    pineapple, mango, bubblegum

    Floral aromas found in the wine

    violet, potpourri, perfume

    Food Pairing with Giant Steps Pinot Noir Applejack Vineyard 2021

    Our wine experts think this Light and Perfumed Giant Steps Pinot Noir Applejack Vineyard 2021 wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!

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