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Date Printed: 10/25/2014
Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir 2008
Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 95613)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2013 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose explodes with dark cherries, cranberries and fresh raspberries backed by subtle nutmeg and cinnamon spices. Underlying truffles and meaty, wet earth and mushroom notes add complexity. The juicy palate displays fresh berries with a slippery, rich and slightly tart finish. The perfect match for chargrilled quail and rosemary, or Peking duck pancakes.

The 2008 season, with long, warm summer days and cool nights, produced fruit with ideal ripeness and sugar balance. Vineyard sites were selected for their high diurnal temperature range, resulting in wines with high natural acidity and low pH. All fruit was hand harvested.

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About Innocent Bystander:

The idea behind Innocent Bystander is to produce great value, food friendly wines that are not your run of the mill varietal blends. Taking fruit from various sources in Central Victoria (in particular Sangiovese, Shiraz, Pinot Gris and Viognier) the team at Innocent Bystander is inspired to utilize and showcase the natural qualities of each region in their unique blends.

As a group of winemakers and viticulturalists who eschew the bland direction and market dominance increasingly exerted by the large corporate winemaking groups, the folks behind these wines see themselves as innocent bystanders. They remain accountable to their craft, not shareholders.