Innocent Bystander Chardonnay 2014



A complex bouquet of freshly cut white peach, orange zest, grapefruit pith with hints of fresh ginger and notes of candle wax. Stone fruit and grapefruit on the palate are complemented by exotic star anise. Tight and crisp initially, the fine flavours come together on the long finish.

The fruit for this wine came from five different vineyards in the Yarra Valley: Sexton, Tarraford, Arthurs Creek, Quarry Ridge and Primavera. The clones used were 95, Mendoza, 76, P58, 277 and 96. Harvest took place when the fruit was fully ripe with good acidity and fresh fruit flavours. Baumé levels were between 12.5 and 13.0. Yields were around 7.5 tonnes per hectare.

2014 was a “vintage of mixed fortunes”, with very low yields, but overall a quality of a very high standard. Large healthy canopies and low crops meant that vintage kicked off early in February. The slowing in maturity gave the fruit ripe seeds, and concentrated, rich flavours.

The grapes were 100% hand picked and whole bunch pressed with free run and pressings portions kept separate. No racking or clarification of the juice occurred, so the free run was fermented on 100% juice solids. Pressings were set aside and not used in the final blend. 80% was fermented with ambient yeast and 20% of the parcels with selected strains. The wine was fermented and matured in seasoned French oak at 20 - 24 °C. Barrels were lees stirred monthly until blending in late October 2012. The wine was cold stabilised and lightly fined in tank.



13.5% abv

Innocent Bystander Chardonnay 2014
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