- 100% Chardonnay
Founded in 2004 by Phil Sexton, Innocent Bystander is a Yarra Valley based estate producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay alongside several other emerging varietals and blends. Located in Healesville, the winery is an exercise in function over form, much like the strongly expressed views of its owners and winemaking team: 'Make great wine for drinking and enjoying; not crowing over.' The fruit for the Innocent Bystander wines is sourced from vineyards in the Yarra Valley as well as selected vineyards throughout Victoria.
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. Baume levels were between 12.5 and 13.0. Yields were around 7.5 tonnes per hectare.
"A bright, clean-limbed austere delight, lifted bright mid palate, wonderful minerality and refreshing finish." - Tomás Clancy, Food&Wine Magazine, October 2015
"Plump nose, nice tingling depth on the palate, clean and balanced with fresh elegant finish." Raymond Blake, Food&Wine Magazine, October 2015