Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir 2015



Aromas of cherries, Campari, raspberries, fennel seeds with hints of bergamot tea and orange zest. Lively on the palate with fresh, ripe raspberries with a beetroot earthiness. A wine of purity, silken texture and slippery tannins. Approachable now, but beguiling layers hint to an intriguing future.

This wine is produced from a number of vineyards that span the Yarra from Paul’s Range at Dixons Creek in the north across to Bastard Hill in the very cool southern Upper Yarra. These vineyards were chosen in particular for their high diurnal temperature range, resulting in wines with high natural acidity and low pH. Yields are less than seven tonnes per hectare.

The handpicked fruit was sorted, then de-stemmed and transferred into open top fermenters. The overall blend incorporates 25% 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. Fermentation peaked at 32°C with a short extended maceration at dryness to integrate tannins. 40% of the wine was matured in stainless steel to retain freshness. Natural malolactic fermentation occurred across all batches. The wine was settled and one coarse lenticular filtration applied before bottling.

13.5% abv

Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir 2015
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