All three of the wines in this flight were bottled under screwcap closures. I made my notes after lecturing a bit so they sat in the glasses for about 40 minutes before I started typing.
Innocent Bystander, Victoria, Pinot Noir 2008 The cherry fruit is delightful, combining a sense of freshly-picked cherries and the sweetness of those baked in a pie. In the mouth the structure shows albeit in a ripe and accessible way with long acidity – very nice and certainly a value. Produced and bottled under a screwcap closure in Healesville 14.1% purchased for $13.99 at Bottle Barn Innocent Bystander
Oyster Bay, Marlborough, Pinot Noir 2008 The nose is a bit musty and not as vibrant as I would expect from this producer. In the mouth it is a bit astringent and on the lighter side. 13.5% purchased for $14.49 at Bottle Barn Oyster Bay
Amisfield, Central Otago, Pinot Noir 2006 There’s almost a jammy character to the fruit in the nose of this wine, vibrant and showing a mix of fresh and dried character. In the mouth it is packed with flavor, dense and structured, still a baby with long acidity – very nice. Produced in Queenstown 13.9% purchased for $31.99 at Bottle Barn Amisfield