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2016 Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir

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The Innocent Bystander range come from the Giant Steps winery in the Yarra Valley. They have crafted a fine selection of wines that are approachable or, as the winemakers refer to them, ‘bloody good drinks'. This appears light in the glass with vibrant aromas of cherry and spice. It’s juicy and layered and, as the winery suggests, should be enjoyed not always in moderation. A really above average Pinot for the price that would go well with earthy, mushroom-based dishes.

Winemaker's Notes

Season: The Yarra Valley experienced slightly above average rainfall for the 2015 winter. This replenished the soils of much needed moisture leading into the growing season. The dry mild conditions through spring lowered the potential for disease. This enabled us to keep the vineyards in a clean healthy state. Very good yields and excellent quality appeared to be the theme from all vineyards this year.

Vinification:

  • 100% hand picked fruit
  • Due to exceptional fruit quality 40% was fermented as whole bunch. This was a perfect opportunity to harness the whole bunch perfumes of the Yarra
  • Four day cold soak, mix of drain and returns and light plunging for 10-12 days
  • Indigenous fermentation in 5T open fermenters and 4T oak vats
  • Matured in a mix of old barriques and stainless steel tanks
  • 4 months in French oak

Cellaring: Now to 5 years

Alc/vol: 13.5%

Awards:
Bronze Medal - 2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Show Awards

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2016 Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir

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Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Elegant, fine-grained and likely to build with time, this gentle, medium-weight pinot has a floral and lightly oaked bouquet of raspberries, rose petals and red cherries backed by a hint of tomato stalk. Supple and sappy, with a lean but lively presence of small berry and cherry flavour backed by dusty tannins, it finishes with genuine length, a lively acidity and a hint of licorice.
2014-2017
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
89
WINESTATE (2012 Vintage) says
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
2015
Australian Wine Companion 2012
89
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
Earthy black cherry notes with some light cedary oak provides an enticing opening on the nose. Here is a pinot that really packs some gumption. There’s a structure and fruit intensity yet there is the finesse and subtlety of pinot with a gentle fleshiness and fruit sweetness on the palate. Impressive wine.
West Australian, 2011
92
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
Shows attractive purple tinged florals, cherries and underbrush. Supple and balanced on the palate, flavours run even and bright in the light berry spectrum.
WBM Wine 100, 2011
90
Matthew Jukes & Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
With more depth and purity than most ‘everyday’ Pinots this impactful wine is just the ticket to raise Australia’s Pinot Noir credentials in the big wide world. Silky smooth and punctured with cherry and plum notes this is just the fellow to race down with duck pancakes, lamb curries, steak sandwiches and any other yummy carnivorous food craving that you have right now. Not taking itself too seriously, but certainly ticking all of the boxes as far as would be Pinot connoisseurs are concerned this is a seriously smart piece of work and one which you should be loading into your cellar for ‘posh house wine’ use.
Wine Rules 2011
Ken Gargett (2010 Vintage) says
Stalks contribute a little funk. Some spice and herbal notes. Gentle, mid-length style with balance, freshness, elegance and nice acidity. Flick of oak, but not new.
Courier Mail, 2011
92
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
2015-2018
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
90

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