2020 Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir Yarra Valley – Steve Flamsteed is at it again with another rocking vintage for his 2020 wines.
Applejack Vineyard, in the upper Yarra Valley, was planted by respected viticulturist Ray Guerin and is managed by his son Mark. 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 close planted and fastidiously managed. The basalt based underlying volcanic soil and rock produce a characteristically fine yet extended, spicy and firm palate.
A cool start to the season was punctuated by a few solid rain events in December that resulted in very large healthy green vineyard canopies. The final stage of the growing season was warmer than average which led to accelerated ripening, and dark colours. Natural acidity across the Pinot blocks was surprisingly high. Fruit was hand sorted in both vineyard and winery. There is an incredible structure to the 20 vintage Pinots.
Such an exciting little wine. Loads of red cherry and strawberries kick this wine off. A nice balance of oak, exotic spice and soft tannins. Some darker berries come drifting along too. Fresh, long, vibrant, juicy, complex… what else could you want?!
Very minimal intervention is used across the board with Steve’s wines. Extremely limited quantities available, be quick!
Single Price: $75.00
Any Six Bottle Buy: $56.00
Price per case (12 bottles): $672.00