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Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from Yarra Valley, Australia
  • JH89
  • RP87
13% ABV
  • JH93
  • W&S91
  • WS90
  • WS92
  • WW90
  • JH95
  • W&S91
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Winemaker Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

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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
Robert Parker's 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.

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A legendary wine region setting the benchmark for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay worldwide, Burgundy is a perennial favorite of many wine lovers. After centuries of winemaking, the Burgundians have determined precisely which grape clone grows best on which plot of land, determined by the soil type, the elevation, and the angle in relation to the sun—this is a region firmly rooted in tradition and the concept of ‘terroir’ reigns supreme here. Because of the Napoleonic Code requiring equal distribution of property and land among all heirs, vineyard ownership in Burgundy is extremely fragmented, with some growers responsible for just one row or even one vine. This system has led to the predominance of the "negociant"—a merchant who purchases fruit from many different growers to vinify and bottle together.

Burgundy’s cool, marginal climate and Jurassic limestone soils are perfect for the production of elegant, savory, and mineral-driven Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with plenty of acidity. Vintage variation is of particular importance here, as weather conditions can be variable and unpredictable. Spring frost and hail are near-universal risks. The Côte d’Or, a long and narrow escarpment, forms the heart of the region, split into the Côte de Nuits to the north and the Côte de Beaune to the south. The former is home to many of the world’s finest Pinot Noir wines, while Chardonnay plays a much more prominent role in the latter, though outstanding red, white, and rosé are all produced throughout. Other key appellations include the Côte Chalonnaise, home to great value Pinot Noir and sparkling Crémant de Bourgogne; the Mâconnais, producing soft and round inexpensive Chardonnay; and Chablis, the northernmost region of Burgundy and an acidity-lover’s Chardonnay paradise.

CNC901629_2010 Item# 111297

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