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 […]