Innocent Bystander Arneis Yarra Valley 2019

From Innocent Bystander in the Yarra Valley, this is a sound arneis from the 2019 vintage. Its aroma is floral and herbal. The palate is somewhat neutral with modest acidity. This will suit current drinking. Rating: Acceptable. Abv: n/a. Price: $25. Website: http://www.innocentbystander.com.au. Reviewed: January 2020.

Punt Road Gamay Yarra Valley 2018

There aren’t too many gamays in Australia, but the climate suits it in the Yarra Valley. From Punt Road Wines, this gamay is fashioned in a varietally correct style and has enjoyable aromas and flavours of raspberries and fresh red fruits, rounded by 9 months in old oak. Ready to drink now, this is aContinue reading “Punt Road Gamay Yarra Valley 2018”

Yarra Valley 2019

With the 2019 harvest underway, I spent the morning in the winery at Helen & Joey in the Yarra Valley.  Here are a few vineyard photographs and observations. Photo above: East-west planted pinot noir, looking to the west. Grafted merlot vines planted on north-south facing rows, and nearing harvest. Phylloxera continues its march through theContinue reading “Yarra Valley 2019”

Liv Zak Chardonnay 2019

Liv Zak’s Yarra Valley chardonnay from the 2019 vintage is quite different in style to the wine just reviewed.  It has a subtle, creamy lemon aroma.  The palate is full bodied, the acidity high and the length medium.  This is a subtle and sound wine.  The alcohol is listed as a precise (overly?) 13.35%.  ReadyContinue reading “Liv Zak Chardonnay 2019”