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Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from Yarra Valley, Australia
  • JH89
  • RP87
  • JH93
  • W&S91
  • WS90
  • WS92
  • WW90
  • JH95
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Dark cocoa powder, poached cherries with hints of truffle oil, fresh tobacco, wet earth anddark red forest berries dance around the nose. On the palate, flavors of cherry compoteare complemented by fresh bramble and a hint of tar and grilled meat that finish with alingering 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.

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JH 89
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.

RP 87
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, , Australia
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.

A large and diverse wine region in northeastern Italy, the Veneto is home to a vast array of different styles of wine. With no defining regional characteristics, it can be a bit confusing to the general consumer to parse through its many subzones, but the patient wine lover will find many treasures to be discovered here, typically at wallet-friendly prices. Red and white wines are produced here, with more emphasis on the latter, as well as the ultra-popular sparkling wine Prosecco. The region is sheltered from harsh northern European winters by the Alps, which form its northern border, but the climate is still relatively cool, making the Veneto ideal for white wine production.

Much of Italy’s Pinot Grigio hails from the Veneto, where it can range from neutral and inoffensive to crisp and refreshing. Soave, made primarily from the Garganega grape, has a reputation for producing relatively ordinary, bulk wines, but can be very elegant when yields are carefully monitored, with aromas of lemon, almond, and white flowers. Valpolicella is the region’s best-known red wine, with juicy, tart red cherry flavors derived from the Corvina grape. Recioto and Amarone wines made from dried grapes are a regional specialty and can be very intense, heady, and cerebral.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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