Giant Steps

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Giant Steps is a privately owned, estate based, Yarra Valley grower and winemaker.

Giant Steps has forged a reputation for delivering some of the Australia’s most consistent, over-performing, varietal wines.

The Yarra Valley range is made from hand-picked fruit from the estate vineyards. The wines are produced using indigenous yeasts, gravity-flow winemaking, and minimal fining and filtration. This approach produces highly expressive wines, true to the climate, soil and topography of the Yarra Valley.

The Giant Steps Single Vineyard range is produced from the most site-expressive fruit off the best vineyards in great years. Production of these wines is very limited with some vineyards producing as little as 200 cases. Each single-vineyard wine, tells a story about the vineyard, vintage and variety.

Our philosophy in the restaurant is the same as in our winery – showcase the best quality produce available. Our menu pays tribute to some of the finest ingredients available both locally and abroad.

Wine tastings are available daily from 10am-6pm, with twilight tastings available on Friday and Saturday nights.

History

It was Phil Sexton’s desire to grow and produce classical cool climate single-vineyard Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah that inspired him to move from the west coast and acquire land adjoining Yarra Yering in the Yarra Valley. This was the birth of the Giant Steps label.Share ButtonShare ButtonShare ButtonShare ButtonShare ButtonShare ButtonShare ButtonShare Button

The People

Owner, Phil Sexton grew up in Margaret River during the early years of the Margaret River wine industry. Phil was captivated by the idea that wine growing offered an opportunity to engage in agriculture, the ether, art and science. Phil is a Science graduate of the University of Western Australia and has a Master of Science in Fermentation and Brewing Science from the University of Birmingham. Phil’s career in brewing includes Brewmaster at the Swan Brewing Company in Perth and co-founder of the Matilda Bay Brewing Company and Little Creatures Brewing Company. Phil also founded Devil’s Lair Vineyard and Winery in Margaret River.

Head Winemaker, Steve Flamsteed’s first qualification was in food, completing a chef’s apprenticeship in Brisbane in the mid 1980’s. Steve developed a number of culinary passions, including cheese making, which would take him to France to study his trade but it was after working at Chateau du Bluizard in Beaujolais that Steve was inspired to become a qualified winemaker. As a winemaker, Steve has worked for Leeuwin Estate in Margaret River (1999-2002) and Yarra Burn Winery in the Yarra Valley (2002-2003) before joining Giant Steps. Steve is a Len Evans Scholar.Share ButtonShare ButtonShare ButtonShare Button

The Wines

James Halliday Wine Companion Five Star Rated Winery 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Best Value Winery – 2016 James Halliday Wine Companion

Top 100 Wineries of the World 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Wine & Spirits Magazine (US)

Top 100 Wines of the Year – James Halliday Wine Companion

  • 2013 Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir (2014)
  • 2014 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay (2015)
  • 2015 Giant Steps Lusatia Park Vineyard Chardonnay (2016)
  • 2015 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Syrah (2016)

100 Best Australian Wines – Matthew Jukes

  • 2012 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay (2013/14)
  • 2013 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay (2015/16)
  • 2014 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay (2016/17)
  • 2015 Giant Steps Lusatia Park Vineyard Chardonnay (2017/18)

Philip Rich’s Best Wines 2015 – Australian Financial Review

  • 2015 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir

2014 Wines of the Year – Wine Business Monthly

  • 2012 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • 2013 Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • 2013 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay

Best Chardonnay: Best Australian wines of 2014 – The Age

  • 2013 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay

100 Best Wines of the Year 2013 – Wine & Spirits Magazine (US)

  • 2012 Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir
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