Innocent Bystander Chardonnay 2021 ~ Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
92/100 Ray Jordan
91/100 Jeremy Oliver (2014 Vintage)
90/100 The Wine Front (2018 Vintage)
Gold Medal - Victorian Wine Show 2020
Bronze - International Wine Challenge (2017 Vintage)
Ray Jordan "This is a light-bodied chardonnay from the Yarra that uses a portion of barrel fermentation to add some neat, nutty, creamy complexity. The oak influence is minimal, so you are getting some rather beautiful fruit expression. A vibrant, fresh melony wine with a crisp sustaining acid on the finish.”
The Winemaker "Yarra Valley Chardonnay is a queen amongst wines; sophisticated, serene and perfectly poised. A variety whose remarkable winemaking heritage combines with regional youth and vitality to deliver a rewarding, multi-faceted wine able to satisfy a thirst or take to the table."
Jeremy Oliver (The Australian Wine Annual 2016) "The 2014 Chardonnay is a standout......Great value!.....Complex and mineral..... it’s smooth and creamy, with vibrant flavours of juicy melon, grapefruit, peach and creamy, nutty undertones finishing long and taut...." (2014 Vintage)
James Halliday "Special value. .....just when you think this may be too much of a good thing, citrusy acidity sweeps the mouth clean and refreshed....” (2014 Vintage)
This multi-award-winning Yarra Valley wine has received excellent critic ratings. Whilst this vintage is still in the process of being rated, the 2013 vintage received 94 points by James Halliday whilst the 2012 vintage received 93. Several vintages have also been award winners. The 2010 vintage was awarded Silver from the International Wine Challenge, and the 2012 vintage was 'Commended' by the Decanter World Wine Awards.
Multi-award winning, Innocent Bystander has a reputation for delivering some of Victoria's famous Yarra Valley’s most consistent, over-performing, affordable, varietal wines.
Using 100% hand-picked fruit, wild ferments and gravity-flow winemaking techniques, Innocent Bystander wines are made with minimal filtration and fining, and reflect the climate, soil and topography of the Yarra Valley.
The owner, Phil Sexton came to wine via beer. He started Little Creatures, a favourite of Aussie hopheads, in Perth (Western Australia). Yarra Valley is a region with a cool climate, best known for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Yarra Valley is an hour’s drive east of Melbourne.
Chardonnay is one of the world’s most popular grapes, Chardonnay is made in a wide range of styles from lean, to rich, creamy white wines aged in oak. Bolder, richer, full-bodied and buttery Chardonnays are made using oak and are produced in California, Burgundy, and Australia. Unoaked chardonnays such as Chablis and those produced in Chile, New Zealand, and other parts of France are leaner and often crisp and minerally, with delicate flavours. By law, if a label says “Chablis,” it must be Chardonnay.
The Yarra Valley is a well-respected Australian wine region that occupies the eastern half of the Port Phillip viticultural zone in the diminutive state of Victoria. At complete odds with the usual, hot and dry Shiraz-growing image of Australia, Yarra Valley is best known for its bright, complex wines made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.