Giant Steps Fatal Shore Coal River Valley Pinot Noir 2021
Giant Steps Fatal Shore Coal River Valley Pinot Noir
Region: Coal River Valley, Tasmania, Australia
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: Pinot Noir
Notes: Vegetarian, Vegan
The wine is named after `The Fatal Shore` a historical novel, published in 1986, by Australian author and art critic Robert Hughes. It delves into the dark history of Tasmania’s colonisation through the transportation of convicts to this remote and wild island. The wine itself is brooding in nature with impressive depth and fruit purity. Red cherry, rose petal, bracken and blueberries lead to a very energetic palate with tannins that wrap and expand out the finish. It is long and vibrant with a fine backbone of acidity.
In their obsession with Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs from great Pinot growing areas, Giant Steps have ventured to Tasmania: as far south (and as cold) as you can go in Australia. Despite the cool temperatures, the sunlight hours are long and intense. The 34-hectare Nocton Vineyard in the Coal River Valley was planted to Pinot Noir clones MV6 and D5V12 in 1999. It is a north-east facing site on calcareous and sandstone soils.
Giant Steps was founded by Phil Sexton in 1997. It has since forged a reputation for making some of the Yarra Valley’s most consistently exciting wines from estate-owned vineyards. Giant Steps was acquired by Jackson Family Wine Estates in 2020. According to Phil Sexton, “this partnership brings us the relationships and careful resources of a great wine family who are committed to vineyards, sustainability and faithful expression of site