Musk, violets and sour plum jam.on the nose with a fine tannic spine with juicy acid.
- VIC - Other Victorian
This release from Innocent Bystander is a good drink. It tastes of stewed cherries, spice, eucalypt, Turkish delight and cedary oak. Quite a collection of flavours, really. As a result, it works very well as a lighter, quaffing red – that mixture of complexity and chewy tannin is a winner. It’s got a bit of impact too; it’s not wishy-washy...Rating 89. www.winefront.com.au, Campbell Mattinson (17/MAR/2011)
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. Theres 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. Rating 92 - Ray Jordan, Western Australian(10/MAR/2011)
Winery Tasting Notes
Dark cocoa powder and poached cherries. Hints of truffle oil and fresh tobacco. Wet earth and dark red forest berries.
Ripe cherries and cherry compote. Fresh bramble with a hint of tar and grilled meat. A round fresh palate with a twang of chalky tannin.
Chinese roast duck, Grilled quail with fresh thyme and lemon zest, Beaufort cheese. Tapas - bruschetta with dark olive paste and fetta.
100% Hand picked. Destemmed, not crushed to open top fermenters. Whole bunches were used on batches at varying percentages based on fruit structure and source. A 3 to 7 day cold soak at 8°C was performed followed by fermentation with mainly indigenous yeast strains. Variations of Pigeage and Remontage methods were applied to the ferments. Fermentation
peaked at 32 °C with a small volume (approx 5%) run off at 2 baume for partial barrel ferment. No post ferment maceration.
60% of this wine was matured in stainless steel tanks to preserve freshness. The remaining 40% was matured in a mixture of new and used french oak barriques.