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2015 Innocent Bystander Chardonnay Yarra Valley Chardonnay

Cracka Review

We are absolute suckers for Yarra Chardonnay and we can’t let you watch on like innocent bystanders as we drink the lion's share of this ridiculously good white from one of the Yarra’s most exciting wineries. Imbued with the aromas of white peach and lemon with cashew nut complexity before bright fruit flavours of pineapple and fresh apples. It finishes long with some good natural acid and attractive minerality. Try it with a chicken tagine or some shellfish.

Winemaker's Notes

Season: 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. The slowing in maturity gave the fruit ripe seeds, and concentrated and rich flavours.

Vinification:
100% hand picked fruit. Whole bunch pressed with free run and pressings portions kept separate. Indigenous fermentation in new and seasoned French barriques and puncheons. Barrels were lees stirred monthly until winter. No malolactic fermentation, to retain a fresh, natural acidity. Time in oak: 9 months (French oak).

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2015 Innocent Bystander Chardonnay Yarra Valley Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2015 Vintage) says
Wild-fermented in new and used French barriques, matured for 9 months. White peach blossom is first out of the blocks on the bouquet and the palate alike, then it gets interesting as other white fruits shimmy with grapefruit, almond kernel and cashew also craving attention. It is a Chardonnay that floats airily over, not in, the glass
95
James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
A complex bouquet, with some funky elements sets the scene; the palate swells with stone fruit and creamy/figgy nuances, but just when you think this may be too much of a good thing, citrussy acidity sweeps the mouth clean and refreshed.
James Halliday
94
Campbell Mattinson (2010 Vintage) says
It puts some firm ticks in a number of boxes. It has that lovely sweet pear flavour that chardonnay does so well – though here it’s admirably tempered by more savoury/bitter notes provided by grapefruit and bran. It has a suggestion of smoothness though it’s largely racy and fruity and refreshing. It’s satisfying in its flavour, and once you swallow these flavours persist well. It has a toasty, minerally funk to the aftertaste – i.e. it doesn’t lack interest. Not sure you can ask for much more.
Winefront, 2011
91
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
Shows composure and restraint. Not trying to be more than it can manage. Offers pears and stone fruits with gently played savoury complexity.
WBM Wine 100, 2011
91
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
2012-2015
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
89

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