Red

2008 Giant Steps Pinot Noir Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley

Pinot Noir

  • Australia
  • Victoria
  • Port Phillip
  • Yarra Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 37

  • IlonaN wrote: 87 points

    October 26, 2013 - Structure is starting to fall apart, aromas still alluring, but palate is no longer balanced, acidity is starting to take over the finish. Drink up!

  • Winiac wrote: 85 points

    April 20, 2013 - Bit oaky. It is not aging, it is just flattening and going away, but still okay.

  • Dokken wrote: 91 points

    January 26, 2012 - Medium – ruby with leafy and meaty nose/pancetta wrapped around a core of raspberries and nutmegs. Concentrated on palate with zesty acidity and ripe tannins that balance elegant alcohol and body. Very young with an oaky finish.

  • chad1616 wrote: 89 points

    April 1, 2011 - light pinot with bright fruit - i like it!

  • Pats-Pwr wrote: 88 points

    November 25, 2010 - Black Cherry & dark fruit aromas. Cherry and Strawberry came through on the palate. Light bodied and fruity with a lingering finish. Went over well at Thanksgiving Dinner and was enjoyable for 15 dollars. I am generally not a big fan of Pinot and I liked this, so keep that in mind.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    July/August 2009, IWC Issue #145 (link)

    (Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir Victoria) Subscribe to see review text.

Halliday Wine Companion

  • By James Halliday
    11/24/2008 (link)

    (Giant Steps/Innocent Bystander Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir) Subscribe to see review text.

The WINEFRONT

  • By Campbell Mattinson
    11/21/2008 (link)

    (Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Library TV

  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    Australian Wines That Are Under $20 And Scored Well, Episode #791, 12/22/2009 (link) 90 points

    (Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir) #1; COLOR-medium, can see your hands through the bottle; NOSE-a little tight; some cherry fruit and morning sausage; a little hint of white pepper as well; PALATE- little heat on the back-end, but what really surprises me is how balanced this is; it's light at first, but then it really comes together with a beautiful mid-palate of Slim Jims meeting beautiful ripe, black cherries; and then great silkiness and an outrageously long finish; sour cherries meets strawberries; I get a little floral component; there's a brightness on the end; it's a very fresh Pinot; reminds of really good Burgundian Bourgogne Pinot without the barnyard earthiness; this is what I loved about Santa Barbara Pinot before the "SIDEWAYS" explosion; this is really good Pinot Noir and especially at $15 bones; JR-90; GV-90

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  • By Richard Jennings
    7/26/2009 (link) 89 points

    (Giant Steps Pinot Noir Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley) Light medium red color with pale meniscus; nice tart and ripe cherry nose; light medium bodied, ripe and tart cherry palate with lime acidity; medium finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type Red
  • Producer Giant Steps
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Designation Innocent Bystander
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Australia
  • Region Victoria
  • SubRegion Port Phillip
  • Appellation Yarra Valley
  • UPC Code 767749008611

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  • In Cellars 78 (26%)
  • Consumed 224 (74%)

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