Innocent Bystander, Yarra valley Pinot Noir
The Yarra Valley experienced slightly above average rainfall for the 2015 winter. This replenished the soils of much needed moisture leading into the growing season. The dry mild conditions through spring lowered the potential for disease. This enabled us to keep the vineyards in a clean healthy state. Very good yields and excellent quality appeared to be the theme from all vineyards this year. All grapes were hand picked. Due to exceptional fruit quality 40% was fermented as whole bunch. This was a perfect opportunity to harness the whole bunch perfumes of the Yarra. Four day cold soak, a mix of drain and returns and light plunging for 10-12 days. Indigenous fermentation took place in 5 tonne open fermenters and 4 tonne oak vats. The wine was matured in a mix of old barriques and stainless steel tanks. The wine spent four months in French oak. Boysenberries and cherry. Baked earth, dried spice, juniper and fresh bay tree. On the palate, this wine has dark fruits, thick and juicy. A velvety mouthfeel and a finish of soft savoury tannins.
Yarra valley, Victoria, Australia
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Standard Bottle (750ml)