We’re delighted to pass on some exciting news from Australia!
Steve Flamsteed (pictured left), chief winemaker at Giant Steps in the Yarra Valley, has been named Australia Gourmet Traveller WINE Winemaker of the Year and Nic Peterkin, founder of L.A.S. Vino in Margaret River, has been named their Young Winemaker of the Year.
Steve Flamsteed joined Giant Steps in 2003 where, according to Gourmet Traveller WINE, his work is “his ultimate triumph”:
“…Giant Steps has gone from part-time venture (under the watchful eye of founder and co-owner Phil Sexton) to a powerhouse, premium producer of fine Yarra Valley pinot noir and chardonnay… Across the board, the 2015 Giant Steps wines are, well, giant killers: superb in their expression of single sites, but produced with a derring-do for transparency or, as (Flamsteed) calls it, “natural expression”…In essence, this year's accolade rewards a broad impact on the Australian wine scene and not just a suite of wines, past and present. It’s a public outing of a modest, intelligent, quiet revolutionary who has captured our hearts and minds with his exceptional winemaking, but who is also the embodiment of the ultimate wine all-rounder.”
Nic Peterkin started his L.A.S. Vino label in 2013, focusing on quality, individuality, minimal intervention and experimentation within the bounds of science (L.A.S. = Luck Art Science). As Gourmet Traveller WINE comments:
“It’s Nic Peterkin’s drive, thoughtful winemaking, ability to blend a scientific approach with a sense of fun, determination to forge his own path, and the joy he takes in tackling the diverse chores that face a small winery which make him the ideal recipient of this year’s Young Winemaker Medal.”
Furthermore, Giant Steps has been included in the Wine & Spirits (USA) Top 100 Wineries for the fourth year running – one of only four Australian wineries to feature in 2016.