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There were two scrub covered parcels of land, just outside Pokolbin village along McDonalds Road, that local council had long set aside for use as cricket ground and cemetery. Both were ultimately auctioned off to the highest bidders and sown to vine. A third undeveloped site became the subject of a long running feud among the new and old neighbours. Dodgy invoices between the rivals were exchanged and the division of firewood became a further cause of contention. A truce was eventually called by the two protagonists, Brokenwood and Hungerford Hill, for the sake of healthy viticulture. The nascent blocks achieved international renown as the eminent Cricket Pitch and the Langtons Listed Graveyard.. Sociable soils make for healthy vine»
Hurtle Walker first picked grapes as a ten year old on the celebrious Magill property in 1900. Apprenticed to the legenderies Monsieur Duray and Leon Mazure, Walker was placed in charge of sparkling wine production for the historic Auldana Cellars at the ripe old age of 21. He saw service as a soldier in World War I and made great wine until 1975. Hurtle Walker's grandson continues the family tradition, partnering with Jimmy Watson winner David O'Leary to acquire the most auspicious Clare Valley vineyards and establish one of the nation's leading marques. Between the two, O'Leary and Waker have claimed every prestigious accolade in the land, a breathtaking tally of dozens national Trophies and.. The illustrious pair of valley clare»
Halls Gap Vineyard was planted 1969, along the steep eastern slopes and parched rocky crags of Grampians Ranges, at the very beginning of a renaissance in Victorian viticulture. Since early establishment in the 1860s by the noble Houses of Seppelt and Bests, the region had earned the most elite peerage, a provenance of extraordinary red wines, bursting with bramble opulence and lined with limousin tannins. The Halls Gap property had long been respected as a venerable supplier to the nation's most illustrious brands. Seppelt and Penfolds called on harvests from Halls Gap for their finest vintages. Until 1996, when it was acquired by the late, great Trevor Mast, who was very pleased to bottle Hall Gap's.. Land of the fallen giants»

Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir CONFIRM VINTAGE

Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria
For those who like their Pinot Noir to be long, savoury and lean, with oodles of fruit to wax lyrical about. A collation of harvests from the Sexton and Tarraford vineyards, with contributions from a fraternity of superior local growers. The uncrushed grapes are wild yeast fermented and treated to a light carbonic maceration in the manner of a Beaujolais, achieving a vigorously fruit driven Pinot Noir with crisp acids and stirring aromas. Enjoy alongside both versions of rare breast or crisp skinned duck, the perfect match to tapas and Al fresco faire.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$275.00
Innocent Bystander seek Pinot Noir grapes with perfect ripeness and sugar balance. Vineyards are selected for their high diurnal temperature range, to achieve wines with high natural acidity and low pH. All grapes are hand picked, a large portion of the fruit is included as whole bunches, uncrushed and unstemmed into open top fermenters. A term of cold soak at lower temperatures is followed by inoculation, mainly through the action of wild, indigenous yeasts. Variations of pigeage and remontage are applied. The major part is treated to malolactic and several months in French oak barriques to enhance complexity while infusing mouthfeel and texture.
Medium purple hues. Nose of dark cocoa and poached cherry, hints of truffle oil and tobacco leaves, wet earth and berries of the forest. Ripe cherry and mixed fruit compotes, bramble with a hint of tar and seasoned grilled meats. A round fresh palate showing rhubarb and radicchio over the twang of chalky tannins before a slippery, rich and slightly tart finish.
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