Innocent Bystander Pinot Gris 2009
Pinot Gris/Grigio from Yarra Valley, Australia
Fresh Nashi pears, apples and pickled ginger on the nose with notes of apple crumble and jasmine flowers. The palate offers crunchy texture with zingy, racy acidity, lime zest, Granny Smith apples and fresh celery hearts. Notes of crushed Kaffir lime leaves and honeydew finish with cold slate and minerals. Ideal with sashimi, freshly shucked oysters and fresh goat's curd brushetta.
Australian Wine Companion - "Light straw-green; has above-average weight and palate richness, well into true gris territory, the overall balance good."
The Wine Advocate - "Comprised of around 7 different vineyards, the 2009 Pinot Gris is fermented using 50% wild yeast, mainly in tanks though 20% old oak is also used. It has subtle aromas of peaches and golden delicious apples with some capers in there and a pinch of white pepper. With a medium-full body and medium acid, this wine has a nice viscosity in the mouth and a long finish. Drink it now to 2013. "
Wine Enthusiast - "Marked by modest apple and pear fruit on the nose, this a fairly richly textured but dry example of Pinot Gris. It's not the most complex winer, but it fills the mought with ripe tree fruits and a slightly warm finish. Drink now."
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Innocent Bystander Winery
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. View all Innocent Bystander Wines
About Yarra ValleyView a map of Yarra Valley wineries
A short drive from Melbourne, Yarra Valley is the oldest and most successful of Victoria's wine growing regions. The cool climate of the area makes it suitable for the popular varieties of Pinot Noir & Chardonnay. Shiraz also thrives, and produces elegant and restrained versions of the varietal.
Notable FactsProducers in Yarra Valley have hit their stride when it comes to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Instead of striving to make wine like Burgundy or California, winemakers are crafting a Yarra Valley style, letting the grapes and the soil do the talking. Getting better each year, Yarra Valley is a region to watch.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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