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Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from Yarra Valley, Australia
  • JH 89
  • ST 89
  • RP 87
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Winemaker Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

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.

ST 89
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.

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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.

Innocent Bystander

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Innocent Bystander, Yarra Valley, 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... View More