Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley
Medium deep ruby red, with clean, lifted fruit on the nose. The use of 40% whole bunches accentuates the aromatic fruit. Clean and restrained; the wine has lovely depth on the palate, nice grip and ripe red dark cherry fruit. Still young, the 2015 Pinot Noir is drinking nicely, especially with food. A very serious wine for such a reasonable price.
The handpicked fruit was sorted, then destemmed and transferred into open top fermenters. The overall blend incorporates 40% whole bunches, chosen based on fruit structure and source. A five day cold soak at 8°C was followed by fermentation with indigenous yeast strains. Both gentle plunging and 'drain and returns' by gravity were applied daily for 10-12 days. Fermentation with indigenous yeast took place in open top fermenters and oak vats, The wine was then matured in a mix of new (10%) and old oak barriques for nine months for malolactic fermentation.
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