Giant Steps Gladysdale 2012 Pinot Noir

[one-half-first]30% whole bunch and remainder destemmed but not crushed. Lovely viscosity and weight in the glass. Not dark or purple, cherry red with hints of brown on the edges. Nose shows is cool climate Upper Yarra Valley heritage. Cherry fruits with hints of briary spice – lifted perfumed aromas of smoke and raspberry . Nice acidity and structure with a hint of tannin keeping everything in balance. Lovely width and length. Very precise and concise. An enjoyable classic style. Drinks well now but has the potential to age for 3-4 years. Not a dark over extracted monster – think finesse – elegance -spice -smoke – saline – mineral. Terrible label – more like a beer label! 13.0%  94/100  $45[/one-half-first]12-gs-gladysdale-pinot-noir-web[one-half][/one-half]