Giant Steps

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 cellar door is the same as in our winery – showcase the best quality produce available. Our menu pays tribute to some of the finest ingredients available locally.

History

In 1997 Phil Sexton arrived in the Yarra Valley in search of altitude, aged soils, slopes of exposure, regular rainfall and cool to cold night time temperatures and a gentle breeze off the protecting mountain ranges. Why, because he wanted to grow amazing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir fruit to make wines of purity and finesse.

Steve Flamsteed, Chief Winemaker of Giant Steps since 2003 has set about creating a range of Single Vineyard wines that personify each site.  The Yarra Valley Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, LDR and Syrah were then created, clearly displaying the Yarra Valley fruit in a simple, textural and affordable light.

The Giant Steps wines have received global acclaim and established a strong reputation in restaurants and fine wine stores around the world.

Since 2003 Giant Steps wines have collectively been awarded 34 trophies and over 100 gold medals at major international and domestic wine shows and has been named one of the Top 100 Wineries in the World by Wine & Spirits Magazine, US for each of the last six years.


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The People

STEVE FLAMSTEED – CHIEF WINEMAKER – 2016 GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR

Steve joined Giant Steps as Chief Winemaker in 2003, but his first qualification was in food, completing a four-year chef’s apprenticeship in Brisbane in the mid 1980’s.

A keen skier, Steve travelled extensively in Europe, France in particular, paying his way chefing in small cafes, ski lodges and doing a 12-month stint at the St James Club in London.

Whilst travelling in France, Steve developed a number of culinary passions including cheese making, which would see him later return to France to study this trade. However, it was after working at Chateau du Bluizard in the Beaujolais region that Steve was inspired to become a qualified winemaker.

On returning to Australia, Steve enrolled in the winemaking course at Roseworthy Agricultural College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Wine Science) in 1993, whilst at the same time supporting his studies working as a Chef at Maggie Beer’s Pheasant Farm Restaurant in the Barossa Valley.

In 1994, having maintained his interest in and passion for cheese, Steve won a Queen’s Trust Scholarship to study farmhouse cheese making in France. On his return from France Steve spent a year working as a cheese maker at Milawa in North Eastern Victoria.

As a winemaker, Steve has worked for Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River, WA (1999 – 2002) and the Hardy Wine Company at their Yarra Burn Winery in Victoria’s Yarra Valley (2002 – 2003).

Steve is a Len Evans Scholar and experienced wine show judge.

 

PHIL SEXTON – FOUNDER

A science graduate of the University of Western Australia with a Master of Science Degree in Fermentation and Brewing Science from the University of Birmingham (England).

Phil’s career in brewing includes Brewmaster at the Swan Brewing Company in Perth, co-founder of the Matilda Bay Brewing Company, and co-founder of Little Creatures Brewing Company. Phil has also brewed in Belgium, Germany, and the USA. Phil’s wine career includes studying Wine Science at Charles Sturt University (incomplete), founding Devil’s Lair winery in Margaret River and, more recently, Giant Steps in the Yarra Valley.

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The Wines

James Halliday Wine Companion 
Five Star Rated Winery 2012, 2013, 2014,2015,2016,2017,2018 & 2019
Best Value Winery – 2016 James Halliday Wine Companion

Top 100 Wineries of the World
2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 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 (2014)
2015 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Syrah (2016)
2017 Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Chardonnay (2018)
2017 Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir (2018)

2018 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)
2018 Giant Steps Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay (2019)

2018 Langton’s Yarra Valley Wine Show 
2017 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay –  Champion Wine of Show, Best Single Vineyard Whte Wine, 
Best White Wine in Show and Most Successful Exhibitor – Giant Steps. 

2019 Langton’s Yarra Valley Wine Show
2018 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Syrah – Trophy for Best Shiraz and Shiraz dominant blends.
2018 Giant Steps Harry’s Monster – Trophy for Best Cabernet Varieties & their blends. Most Successful Exhibitor – Giant Steps.

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