Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Yarra Valley, Australia
Dark cocoa powder, poached cherries with hints of truffle oil, fresh tobacco, wet earth and dark red forest berries dance around the nose. On the palate, flavors of cherry compote are complemented by fresh bramble and a hint of tar and grilled meat that finish with a lingering twang of chalky tannin. The perfect match for chargrilled quail and rosemary, Peking duck pancakes, Beaufort cheese or bruschetta with olive tapenade and feta cheese.
International Wine Cellar - "Expressive aromas of red berries and spicecake, with a deeper note of cherry pit coming up with air. Juicy, open-knit red fruit flavors are given spine by tangy acidity and show good clarity. Nicely balanced, classic pinot, with good finishing cling and spicy persistence. This wine was fermented with 25% whole clusters and got "about 1% new oak," according to winemaker Steve Flamsteed. "
Australian Wine Companion - "A full (and longer than usual) tasting note for this wine will be included in an upcoming book by James Halliday titled '1001 Wines Under $20,' and will appear on the day of the release of the book, scheduled for 1 November 2011."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2010 Pinot Noir presents a pale to medium ruby-purple color and aromas of warm raspberries and kirsch with hints of tar, damp earth and grilled duck breast. The light to medium bodied palate is softly textured with light tannins possessing just enough berry fruit and earthy flavors plus a good backbone of crisp acid. The finish is medium-long."
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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 is also grown here and produces elegant and restrained wines, showing a different side to Australian wine.
Notable FactsProducers of the 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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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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