Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir 2009
The 2009 Pinot Noir comes from 6 growers right across the Yarra and I'm told all the fruit was harvested before the fires. It receives around 20-30% carbonic maceration. With a medium ruby color, it gives intense, lifted raspberry and warm cherry aromas with that distinctive carbonic estery character. It has a medium body with medium acidity and a good amount of berry fruit in the mid-palate. Drink this one now to 2014.
Bright red. Spicy red berries and flowers on the nose, with a subtle herbal quality adding complexity. Fresh raspberry and candied rose flavors are given spine and focus by tangy minerality. Opens up with aeration, taking on a deeper dark berry character while maintaining energy. Easygoing and attractively sweet pinot with good finishing clarity and juicy persistence. This would be good lightly chilled.
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