Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir Rosé 2018

Innocent Bystander are a very good producer in the Yarra Valley in Victoria. This wine is a dry pinot noir based rosĂ©, and has a restrained aroma of strawberries and hay. The palate is dry, medium bodied and refreshing. Ready to drink now, this is rosĂ© is perfectly pleasant. Rating: Good. Abv: 13%. Price: $18.Continue reading “Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir RosĂ© 2018”

Toolangi Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2016

This is Toolangi’s most interesting pinot noir yet. From Dixon’s Creek, it opens to a wonderfully Burgundian aroma of rhubarb, blackcurrants and earth.  The palate is viscous and has good length.  A very enjoyable wine that can be approached now.  Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 13.8%. Price: $38. Source: Sample.

Toolangi Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2016

Toolangi produce some very good wine year in, year out. This is another good release chardonnay from their Dixon’s Creek vineyard at the northern end of the Yarra Valley. Subtle and restrained in bearing, the 2016 vintage opens to aromas of smoke, very well judged struck match and lemon. The palate has terrific length, theContinue reading “Toolangi Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2016”

Sedona Estate Sangiovese 2019 Wine Review

This wine review is a Sedona Estate sangiovese from the 2019 vintage and the Yea region in the hills north of the Yarra Valley in Victoria. It’s a really good sangiovese. In terms of style, the wine is closer to a Chianti Classico style than those I taste from the better known King Valley inContinue reading “Sedona Estate Sangiovese 2019 Wine Review”

A good Yarra Valley cabernet: Rob Hall Cabernets Yarra Valley 2016

I recently dropped into the Yarra Valley diary in Yering ( and there was such an interesting range of wines from a series of up-and-coming local producers, I wanted to buy them all. This is a good cabernet blend from Rob Hall. Too few seem to be trying their hand at cabernet blends in theContinue reading “A good Yarra Valley cabernet: Rob Hall Cabernets Yarra Valley 2016”

Will de Castella Jean-Paul’s Vineyard Shiraz 2014 Wine Review

This wine review is of Will de Castella’s Jean-Paul’s vineyard 2014 shiraz from the hilly Yea region north of the Yarra Valley. Sealed under wax, it is an immediately earthy, complex and medium bodied style of shiraz. Fully mature, it has aromas of red berries and cedar (vanilla, likely at least 12 months maturation, smallContinue reading “Will de Castella Jean-Paul’s Vineyard Shiraz 2014 Wine Review”