Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2010
A full (and longer than usual) tasting note for this wine will be included in an upcoming book by James Halliday titled '1001 Wines Under $20,' and will appear on the day of the release of the book, scheduled for 1 November 2011.
Expressive aromas of red berries and spicecake, with a deeper note of cherry pit coming up with air. Juicy, open-knit red fruit flavors are given spine by tangy acidity and show good clarity. Nicely balanced, classic pinot, with good finishing cling and spicy persistence. This wine was fermented with 25% whole clusters and got "about 1% new oak," according to winemaker Steve Flamsteed.
The 2010 Pinot Noir presents a pale to medium ruby-purple color and aromas of warm raspberries and kirsch with hints of tar, damp earth and grilled duck breast. The light to medium bodied palate is softly textured with light tannins possessing just enough berry fruit and earthy flavors plus a good backbone of crisp acid. The finish is medium-long.
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