Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley 2014 $50
With definite root vegetable aromas, it’s clearly been fermented with some stalks, whose aromas are starting to morph into complex perfumes and will continue to. The wine is fine and elegant in the mouth, intense and focused, with great length and soft, subtle tannins. Super stylish; better in a year. (13.5 per cent alcohol; screw cap.) Score 95 ★★★★★ – view on huonhooke.com
Aging: Best in one to 10 years.
Food: Barbecued quail.
Stockists: Rathdowne Cellars & Acland Cellars (Vic.); United Cellars (NSW)
Ranked #2 of 24 2014 Pinot Noir tasted from Yarra Valley
Price Benchmark: $62.25 Avg 95pt 2014 Pinot Noir tasted from Australia