PL Award 1: Silver - SWA 2017
Country: Australia Region: Victoria Vintage: 2015
Category: White Wine Color: White
Producer: Innocent Bystander
"This winery changed hands in May 2016, with one family company, Brown Brothers, taking it off the hands of another, its founder, Phil Sexton. So associated is Innocent Bystander with the Yarra Valley that the new owners have made the intelligent decision to build a new winery in Healesville, just across the parking lot from Giant Steps. And they are quickly signing contracts with all the grape growers that Phil has used for Innocent Bystander so that the style of the wines remains unchanged.
That style - wines that are regional and varietal, reflecting the soil, climate and topography of the cool climate in the Yarra Valley – has been the base upon which the reputation of Innocent Bystander has been built. Their subtle 2014 Chardonnay has the attractive depth that barrel fermentation lends to the wine, yet is fresh and lifted – it offers a lot of wine for the price. The Syrah, peppery and spicy and nicely defined, is also a steal, while the Pinot Noir takes a lot of beating. The Pinot Gris is attractively combines the zestiness that comes from half the blend being fermented in stainless steel with the texture that is derived from the rest being fermented in old oak.
Their Moscato, made from old vine Gordo (Muscat of Alexandria) and Black Muscat grapes, is a delicious blend of natural sweetness and fizz with crisp acidity. It is available in halves, bottles and 20 litre kegs."
Product Allergens: Isinglass or Fish Derived Products
Winemaker: Steve Flamsteed
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 only prior to bottling in February 2016."
Fresh pear and lemon perfumes with notes of delicate white flowers. Lovely soft aromas of poached apple and marzipan evolve in the glass. Crisp, fresh and dry on the palate, the wine is tightly sprung as a new release, unwinding to reveal a citrus pith texture, wrapped around a fresh stone fruit core.
Best matched with fried whitebait and lemon aioli, butterflied chicken with coriander salsa verde or washed rind cheeses.
Closure:Stelvin ABV:13% Acidity [g/l]: 6.8