2012 Giant Steps Gladysdale Vineyard Pinot Noir

2012 Giant Steps Gladysdale Vineyard Pinot Noir

2012 Giant Steps Gladysdale Vineyard Pinot Noir.  93Pts Campbell Mattinson. A first class Yarra Valley single vineyard Pinot Noir, from the 2012 vintage.  Gold Medal 2013 Yarra Valley Wine Show.  2012 Giant Steps Gladysdale Vineyard Pinot Noir

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2012 Giant Steps Gladysdale Vineyard Pinot Noir.  Giant Steps Gladysdale Vineyard can be found in the Upper Yarra Valley, south east of the traditional 'valley floor'.  The higher altitudes of the Gladysdale Vineyard result in cooler growing conditions, despite its westerly aspect.  The distinctive dark-red volcanic loam soil is a distinguishing feature of the vineyard. Frost, high rainfall (during inopportune times) and hungry native wildlife are the major challenges at Gladysdale, but the risk is well worth the return.
A very rewarding season in well managed vineyards. Spring rain gave us healthy canopies. Mild summer days with plentiful warmth and sunshine - thankfully without the heat spikes of warmer vintages - and an Indian summer that stretched into April were perfect for ripening late in the season. Fruit condition across our vineyards was excellent, and wine quality across the board is very high. Gladysdale Pinot Noir blocks cropped at < 2 t/acre.
All our vineyards are hand picked and hand sorted. 30% of fruit for this wine was added to open vats as whole bunches. The remaining fruit was destemmed, but not crushed, and added to the base of whole bunches. The fruit was given a three-day cold soak with no cap work and then the vats were allowed to warm to ambient temperatures to initiate a wild fermentation. This took about 10 days to complete, during which time the vats were drained and returned by gravity with lots of aeration, and a small amount of cap work was done - twice daily plunges for the final 4 days of ferment. Ferment temperatures peaked at about 32 deg C. Once the ferments were dry the vats were emptied into an airbag press and pressed to tank. After a short settling, the wine was racked off gross lees to oak for malolactic fermentation Racked over spring and summer with no filtration and gravity bottled. 225L barriques- all French Burgundy coopers. 28% new oak, 72% 2 and 3 year old. New oak is Taransaud and St Martin. Time in oak - 11 months.


Point Scores, Show Results & Accolades
Gold Medal - 2013 Yarra Valley Wine Show
94 Points - Josh Greene, Wine & Spirit Magazine
93 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
92 Points - Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar
90+ Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate
2012 Giant Steps Gladysdale Vineyard Pinot Noir