Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc fruit from vineyards in Riverina was carefully selected for quality and character.
The Semillon was pressed quickly and cold settled to produce very clean juice for a cool flavour-retaining ferment in stainless steel while the Sauvignon blanc was crushed and sat on skins for 3 hours before pressing to extract as much flavour as possible. All juice was fermented cool to retain intense varietal characters. Wine was left on fine lees for a 4 month period before blending and bottling to maximise the flavours and character.
Transparent pale green in appearance, the nose has aromas of tropical fruits with some complexity of fresh cut grass.
Zesty palate of lime and lemon with some passion fruit and gooseberry notes.
Founded in 1997 by Phil Sexton and today owned by Brown Brothers, , Innocent Bystander is a Yarra Valley based estate producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay alongside several other emerging varietals and blends. Innocent Bystander’s head winemaker, Steve Flamsteed, has worked for many years in the Australian wine industry.
Fruit for this wine was sourced from three of the the Innocent Bystander estate vineyards: Sexton, Tarraford and Applejack. This selective approach results in highly expressive wines, true to the regional characteristics of the Yarra Valley.
Fruit was hand picked and whole bunch pressed, with the free run juice kept separate from the pressings. No racking or clarification of the juice occurred, so the free run was fermented on juice solids. Fermentation was done using indigenous yeast in new and seasoned French barriques and puncheons, with the lees stirred monthly until winter. No malolactic fermentation took place. The wine was lightly fined prior to bottling.
Pale gold in the glass, the nose has aromas of white peach, orange and grapefruit zest with hints of fresh ginger. On the palate, stone fruit, grapefruit and star anise come together in a wine that is tight and crisp initially, but opens into a long, fine texture with lingering touches of spice.
Giant Steps is a privately owned, estate based, Yarra Valley grower and winemaker that has forged a reputation for delivering some of Australia’s most consistent varietal wines. The new Yarra Valley range of wines is made from hand-picked fruit from the estate vineyards which are expressive of the regional characteristics of the Yarra Valley.
Fruit for this wine is sourced from the Sexton, Tarraford, Applejack and Jobling estate vineyards.
Wines from the Yarra Valley range are produced using indigenous yeasts, gravity-flow winemaking and minimal fining and filtration. All the fruit is 100% hand-picked and fermented in 500 litre French oak puncheons, of which 20% are new and 80% older oak. No malolactic fermentation took place. Lees stirring was carried out for around two months. The wine was then aged for 10 months in 20% new and 80% used French puncheons.
An elegant, refined and delicate Chardonnay that is also surprisingly voluptuous. The nose shows classic Yarra characters of lemon sorbet, white peach and nectarine underpinned with notes of marzipan and hazelnut. Crisp acidity on the back palate ensures a refreshing, clean finish.
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