Gee wiz, this vineyard has a lot of character. Owned by viticulturist Ray Guerin and run by his son Mark, it’s close planted and “located on a dramatic slope”. Yet another site I’d love to visit. The wine probably needed about half an hour in the glass to organise itself but when it did it was very special indeed.
Expressively red fruited at first although darker cherries become a feature with air and whole bunch work becomes more evident. It’s the second time I’ve tasted a Giant Steps Pinot from here and the feature that I’ve begun to identify with the place is a spicy capsicum flavour. Indian and Asian five spice at that. Generously seasoned too. Suggestions of orange rind, baked rhubarb and roasted beetroot amongst sappy, foresty savoury notes. A busy, busy wine. Labyrinthine flavours to get lost in and a slinky texture that makes that possibility all the more alluring. Bright acid, relatively assertive and fine smudgy tannin. Terrific. 95
Region: Yarra Valley
Tasted: July 2013