Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020 (750 ml)

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  • WS: 96
  • RP: 95

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Tasting Notes and Description

Tasting Notes For Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020

Applejack Vineyard, in the upper Yarra Valley, was planted by respected viticulturist Ray Guerin. The higher altitude results in a cooler and extended growing season, ideally suited to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (3-4 weeks later than central Yarra Valley). Applejack Vineyard is located on a dramatic slope and is closely planted and fastidiously managed. The basalt based underlying volcanic soil and rock produce a characteristically fine yet extended, spicy and firm palate.

Just so vibrant and fresh on the palate, the tannins are both silky and plentiful.

Critic Ratings

Wine Spectator Review - Rated 96:

Oozing with spices and perfume, this stunning red shows polish, featuring green cardamom, clove, lavender and nutmeg details that add an aromatic overtone to the wild berry, cranberry and strawberry pastry flavors. Drink now through 2034. 1,372 cases made, 200 cases imported.


Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Review - Rated 95:

The Applejack Vineyard is planted across the hill, at the same altitude as the Primavera Vineyard on gray clay over mudstone, and picked within a few days of that site. The 2021 Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir included 50% whole bunch in the mix and is a blend of seven different clones. This shows wonderful clarity and poise—it is precise and layered with energy and life. The acid pulses through the phenolic texture in the mouth. It was originally a sparkling vineyard, down the hill from Wombat Creek, situated in an eastern-facing bowl that captures the morning sunlight. Mel Chester (head of winemaking and viticulture) talks about the smell of the tea trees in the vineyard, explaining that "there's always a couple of Wedgetail eagles circling, it's a magic place." The evocative description of the vineyard carries through into the wine, which shows a satisfying, delicious resolution of plump ripe fruit and beautifully resolved tannin. Balance 101.

Winery Giant Steps - Applejack Vineyard
Country Australia
Region Yarra Valley
Year 2020
Grape Varietal Pinot Noir
Size 750 ML
ABV 13.5%
Wine Style Red Wine

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