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"Innocent Bystander" Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2017, 13% vol, 75cl

“Innocent Bystander” Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2017, 13% vol, 75cl

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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.

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