Fresh pear and lemon perfumes with notes of delicate white flowers. Lovely soft aromas of poached apple and marzipan evolve in the glass. Crisp, fresh and dry on the palate, the wine is tightly sprung as a new release, unwinding to reveal a citrus pith texture, wrapped around a fresh stone fruit core.
The fruit for this wine came from five different vineyards in the Yarra Valley: Sexton, Tarraford, Arthurs Creek, Quarry Ridge and Primavera. The clones used were 95, Mendoza, 76, P58, 277 and 96. Harvest took place when the fruit was fully ripe with good acidity and fresh fruit flavours. Baumé levels were between 12.5 and 13.0. Yields were around 7.5 tonnes per hectare.
Good winter rains and optimum spring weather started off the season with a good, even fruit set. Ideal summer growing conditions followed, with an average January temperature of 27.5°C. Welcome rain in mid February brought a little relief in the heat of summer ready for ripening, and the grapes were in near perfect condition when they came into the winery. The 2015 vintage will prove to be Innocent Bytsander's best vintage yet. It is rare to see a year where good yields were matched in harmony with such pristine fruit quality.
The grapes were 100% hand picked and whole bunch pressed with free run and pressings portions kept separate. No racking or clarification of the juice occurred, so the free run was fermented on 100% juice solids. Pressings were set aside and not used in the final blend. 80% was fermented with ambient yeast and 20% of the parcels with selected strains. The wine was fermented and matured in seasoned French oak at 20 - 24 °C. Barrels were lees stirred monthly until blending in late October 2012. The wine was cold stabilised and lightly fined in tank.