2021 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir
Complex from the very first moment. Aromas of blueberries, red and dark cherries, sappy and herbal notes, as well as hard brown spices, blackcurrants and violets. The palate has such succulent and energetic style, with red and dark cherries and blueberries sitting in a very complete and layered, fine brand of tannin. The depth and plushness are both impressive. Drink over the next eight years. Screw cap.
JamesSuckling.com (July 2022)
Sexton Vineyard is planted on shallow gray dirt over mudstone. The elevation is 220 meters and shows the magic of a warmer part of the Yarra in a relatively cool year. Plum skin, chinotto, fig, blueberries and exotic spices form the backdrop to the bright strawberry/cherry fruit. The 2021 Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir is structurally quite different from the other vineyards, in that the tannins are more grainy and gravelly and provide more framework from which the fruit can hang. It is perhaps more obvious in its display of fruit and tannin, but with that comes a sonorous baritone of tannin and flavor. Impressive. Drink 2022 - 2032.
Erin Larkin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (June 2022)
Vineyard is at the wonderfully-named Gruyere, planted in 1997. North-facing, exposed site.
Cherry pie, sweet and delicious, with earthier/meatier aspects. It’s like drinking sweet roasted lamb, studded with berries and herbs. Blue fruit aspects here, woodsy herbs, sweet acidity through the finish. It’s not simple but it feels like a simple pleasure, if that makes sense; it just has that drink-me-now exuberance. That said the tannin here is beautifully crafted. I’d drink this before the others in the Single Vineyard range though it may well hold for as long as any of them. Up-front pinot deliciousness, with substance, is the message here. Drink 2022 - 2028+
Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front (June 2022)
Healthy mid garnet colour. Real texture and muscle to this wine, though still with delicate fruit and very fine tannins, that are more evident than in its two stablemate single-vineyard 2021 Pinots. Hedgerow flavours and an attractively dry finish. Relatively complex, though attractively light and fruity. Drink 2022 – 2028.
17 / 20 Points
JancisRobinson.com (May 2022)