Wine Spectator 88 points - Pale ruby-purple in color, the 2012 Pinot Noir gives aromas of red cherries, raspberry leaves and mulberries with touches of lavender and damp earth. Medium-bodied with good concentration of red berry flavor, it possesses just the slightest herbal edge and is textured by a soft suggestion of tannins before finishing with good persistence. Drink it now to 2017.
Crisp, fresh and inviting, with dark berry and orange peel notes weaving through fine-grained tannins, finishing with intensity.
|Wine maker notes
|Pinot noir is a "difficult” grape; to grow, to deal with in
the winery and to find truly fine examples of. Great pinot noir creates a lasting impression on the palate and in the memory. Its aroma is often one of the most complex of all varietals and can be intense with a ripe-grape or black cherry aroma, frequently accented by a pronounced spiciness that suggests cinnamon,sassafras, or mint.
|Innocent Bystander has forged a reputation for delivering some of the Yarra Valley’s most consistent, over-performing, affordable, varietal wines. Using 100% hand-picked fruit and non-intervention winemaking techniques these wines reflect Victoria’s cool climate, soil
and topography. In 2014, experienced vigneron Phil Sexton extended this philosophy across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand adding two new cool climate regions - Central Otago and Marlborough - to Innocent Bystander’s portfolio.