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Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2017

100% Chardonnay from five different vineyards in the Yarra Valley: Sexton, Tarraford, Arthurs Creek, Quarry Ridge and Primavera.

Hand-picked fruit was 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. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts took place in new and seasoned French barriques and puncheons. Fermented and matured for 9 months in seasoned French oak. Barrels were lees stirred monthly until the winter. The wine was cold stabilised and lightly fined in tank.

Winemaker's Comments

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.

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