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Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Syrah 2018

It might strike some readers as odd that the story of such a Burgundian-inspired producer starts not with grapes but with beer. Founder Phil Sexton started out as a brewer in Western Australia, but he parlayed success at Matilda Bay and Little Creatures into a career in wine, starting and then selling Devil's Lair in Margaret River before settling in Yarra Valley and starting Giant Steps. A...


95 Points Wine Advocate


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Brand Name
Giant Steps
Country
AUSTRALIA
Style
Red Wine
Region
Yarra Valley, Vic
Varietal
Shiraz / Syrah
Size
750 mL Bottle

Product Description

It might strike some readers as odd that the story of such a Burgundian-inspired producer starts not with grapes but with beer. Founder Phil Sexton started out as a brewer in Western Australia, but he parlayed success at Matilda Bay and Little Creatures into a career in wine, starting and then selling Devil's Lair in Margaret River before settling in Yarra Valley and starting Giant Steps. As the cliché goes, it takes a lot of money to make a small fortune in the wine business. At Giant Steps, the emphasis has evolved toward single-vineyard expressions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir under the leadership (since 2003) of chief winemaker Steve Flamsteed. That said, don't overlook the Syrah offerings here, particularly the stunning 2018 Tarraford Vineyard bottling.Yarra Valley Shiraz tends to be overlooked in favor of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but wines like the 2018 Tarraford Vineyard Syrah should begin to change the public's impression. There are only 450 cases of this beauty, but it should be on the shortlist for Syrah lovers the world over. Intoxicating aromas of violets, cracked pepper and fresh blueberries lead into a medium to full-bodied palate that feels almost Pinot-silky but with great depth and richness and a complex, lingering finish. Approachable now, it should drink well for at least a decade. Exciting stuff at an incredible price!
95 Points Wine Advocate, May 2020

It’s a peppery, floral, twiggy shiraz but the fruit is both jellied and sweet and the tannin, as integrated as it is, is fine-grained-bordering-on-silty. The short review is that it’s a beautiful medium-weight wine. Or maybe this is a better review: a couple of sips and I’d pushed the bottle away from the other review bottles so that it can be consumed later. It’s just a wine you want to drink. It’s pretty and it’s structural and it’s peppery. It flows. It’s juicy. It’s good.
94 Points The Wine Front, 31 January, 2020

 

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