Innocent Bystander Pinot Gris 2015


 MJ 100 BEST 2016


The nose is brimming with fresh cut pears, snow pea shoots, and notes of lemon thyme. The palate is marked with lime flowers and an intriguing touch of miso. It is fresh, crisp and bone-dry and finishes with a lemon sorbet twang.

The fruit for this wine came from four different vineyards in the Yarra Valley. Harvest took place by hand when the fruit flavours were ripe, good acidity levels had been reached and Baumé levels were between 12.0 to 13.5. 

The 2015 season was characterised by lovely winter rains and a wonderful spring leading to a good, even fruit set and big healthy canopies. Ideal summer growing conditions conditions, with an average January temperature of 27.5°C. The upper reaches of the King Valley were slightly cooler. Mid February brought a welcome rain event that refreshed the vines and brought a little breathing space. All the Pinot Gris was hand picked and arrived in near perfect condition at the winery. The fruit had lovely flavours and crisp acidity.

This year marks the inclusion of two very special vineyards from the upper King Valley: Symphonia Vineyard at Myrrhee (altitude 350m) and Crouchers Vineyard at Whitlands (altitude 800m). 100% hand-picked and whole bunch pressed, the free run juice and pressings were kept separate. Principally indigenous yeasts were used for fermentation along with a small amount of interesting Alsatian isolates. 50% of the fruit went to stainless steel for a long, cold fermentation to trap in freshness. 50% of the wine fermented and matured in French oak (10% of which was new) for a luscious mouthfeel

13% abv

Innocent Bystander Pinot Gris 2015
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