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2016 Innocent Bystander Pinot Gris

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The crew at Giant Steps - who are behind the Innocent Bystander label - believe that great wine is made in the vineyard and, like a fingerprint, it’s inextricably linked to the personality of the land. This Gris has real personality and would be just the thing to give a Sauvignon Blanc drinker to offer them an alternative. A cleverly textured wine that begs for food, it’s crunchy and crisp with fresh flavours of apple, pear and citrus. Yet it’s the barrel character that have lent this wine real personality and weight. Drink with a prawn salad.

Winemaker's Notes

Vineyard: In 2016 we continued to include two very special vineyards from the upper King Valley: Symphonia Vineyard at Myrrhee (altitude 350m) and Crouchers Vineyard at Whitlands (altitude 800m).
These parcels add a spike of minerally citrus to the wine.

Season: The Yarra Valley experienced slightly above average rainfall for the 2015 winter. This replenished the soils of much needed moisture leading into the growing season.
The dry mild conditions through spring lowered the potential for disease. This enabled us to keep the vineyards in a clean healthy state.
Very good yields and excellent quality appeared to be the theme from all vineyards this year.

Vinification: Fruit was 100% hand picked and whole bunch pressed.
25% wild yeast ferment to add complexity.

Oak: 70% of the fruit went to stainless steel for a long, cold fermentation to trap in freshness.
30% of the fruit was fermented and matured in French oak (10% new) for a luscious mouthfeel.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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2016 Innocent Bystander Pinot Gris

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
2012
Australian Wine Companion 2012
90
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This offers plenty of attractive smelling fruit: melon and pear, a little honeysuckle too. The palate's smooth silky and nicely proportioned; flavours run through melon, pear and citrus; some gentle honey is starting to build through the finish. One of the better examples at the price.
SMH Good Wine Guide, 2011
90
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
Lovely floral citrus notes of this distinctive pinot gris. There's a slightly fleshy middle palate tidied up with a keen crisp acid. Clean and flavoursome to the finish.
West Australian, 2011
88

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