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Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2017 £15.95
INNOCENT BYSTANDER YARRA VALLEY PINOT NOIR
This wine is produced from a number of vineyards that span the Yarra from Pauls 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 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.
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.
James Halliday 91 points
Bright crimson; no question about the dark cherry varietal expression, nor the pairing of brisk acidity and rounded tannins on the finish.
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