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.

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 rosé, and has a restrained aroma of strawberries and hay. The palate is dry, medium bodied and refreshing. Ready to drink now, this is rosé is perfectly pleasant. Rating: Good. Abv: 13%. Price: $18. […]

De Bortoli Regional Reserve Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018

This is a sound pinot noir from De Bortoli in the Yarra Valley, and the 2018 vintage.  It has aromas of cherry, raspberry and strawberry.  The palate is balanced with fresh acidity.  More pleasant than complex, this wine will suit consumption over the next couple of years.  Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $20. Website: debortoli.com.au

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 the […]

Thousand Candles Yarra Valley 2011

Thousand Candles was launched in the Yarra Valley with a lot of hype, an on trend ethos of site expression, a stellar price ($100) and some gushing reviews.  I think some of those reviewers might be a bit embarrassed now.  2011 was the first vintage of Thousand Candles and it’s an unorthodox blend of 92% […]

Langtons Classification VII – trends, promotions and demotions

The new Langtons classification (classification VII) of Australian wine was released last week.  It is stated to measure the performance of wines in an open market, with the condition of entry being 10 vintages and a track record in the secondary market.  The list has been prepared for many years now, and is prepared by […]