Posts Tagged Innocent Bystander

Innocent Bystander: A Red-Hot Affair With a Cool-Climate Wine

By Glen Frederiksen Okay... confession time. For the past 20 years, I have had a love affair with Australian wines. Sure, it began as an innocent dalliance. A couple of plump, spicy Shirazes caught my attention. Soon enough, jammy Grenaches... Read more

2011 Giant Steps Pinot Noir, Sexton Vineyard, Yarra Valley, Australia

Nearly transparent, light ruby hue. The nose is delicate, perfumed and distinctly feminine, showing dusty red cherries, cinnamon and clove woodspice, paraffin, and hints of brown sugar and earth. The aromas intensify as the wine opens up, picking up... Read more

2011 Giant Steps Chardonnay, Sexton Vineyard, Yarra Valley, Australia

Clear straw color. Initial aromas of smoky oak and clove frame sweet white peach and citrus blossom. Medium in body, this white is crisp and vibrant in the mouth, leading to a creamy, juicy finish that invites the next sip. The citrus component... Read more

2011 Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Australia

Nearly transparent garnet color, with orange shadings, lightening at the rim. The nose has notes of smoked oak and dried orange peelings that frame delicate, perfumed cranberry and sour cherry fruit. The wine is feminine and silky in the mouth,... Read more

2007 Innocent Bystander Shiraz-Viognier, Yarra Valley, Australia

Like many wine chateaux in the Rhone Valley of France, a number of Aussie Shiraz producers add a 5 to 10 percent dollop of  Viognier, a white grape, to smooth out the harshness of their Syrah (a.k.a. Shiraz) wine. This bottling is a dark ruby-plum... Read more