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Greg Melick embarked on the prodigal road to gambling and booze as a mere teenager, after winning the daily double at Werribee and spending the lot on good red wine. He ultimately returned to the straight and narrow, achieving the rank of ADF Major General, Senior Law Counsel, Master Wine Judge and Officer of Australia AO. Melick now grows his own, he remains besotted with les grands vignobles de Bourgogne, the illustrious Pinot Noir of Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune. There are few places in the world, more akin to the 1er Grand Cru style of Pinot Noir, than the temperate pastures along Tasmania's River Derwent. It was here in 2002, amongst the woodland idylls of the apple isle, that Melick.. Pressing matters in pinot noir»
Constructed during early settlement by a supervisor of colonial convicts, at the very epicentre of the market gardens which serviced Hobart, Clarence House is a heritage listed manor which remains largely unaltered since the 1830s. It passed through several hands before being acquired by the Kilpatricks in 1993, who answered the call of Bacchus and established the grounds to vine. There are now sixteen hectares of viticulture, several significant Burgundy clones of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with smaller plantings of Sauvignon and Pinot Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet and Tempranillo. What's most unique about the Clarence House vineyards are the soils and topography, a number of northeast slopes which catch.. Heirlooms of a hobart homestead»
Boutique winemaking affords great advantages, every vine can be uniquely husbanded, quality control is maximised, each barrel can be individually sampled and assembled into the perfect cuvee. Engineering types are innately suited to such viticulture. Colin Best embarked upon his sabbatical to the great vineyards of Burgundy's Cote d'Or. He returned to plant Pinot Noir on a craggy half hectare near Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills. An ancient masonry wool mill was outfitted for winemaking and Leabrook Estate was born. This is an aesthetic range of meticulously crafted, limited vintages, fashioned for the aficianado of bespoke, small batch, little vineyard wines... The lobethal libations of leabrook»

Innocent Bystander Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Yarra Valley Victoria
A compelling experience in Chardonnay, crafted by a team of winemakers and viticulturalists who eschew the bland direction and market dominance, increasingly exerted by the oligopoly of corporate players. In a nutshell, they see themselves as innocent bystanders. A collation of Yarra valley harvests from the Primavera, Shaws Road and Tarraford sites, assembled around a core of splendid fruit from the distinguished Sexton estate vineyard on the Warramate Ranges at Coldstream.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$287.00
Yarra Valley has been producing distinctive and elegant Charadonnay wines since early settlement. On the higher, leaner soils of Sexton, vine roots explore deep and grapes ripen steadily, naturally checking their vigour. A close husbanding and intensive maintenance is essential to yield the most intensely flavoured grapes. Fruit is all picked and pressed as whole bunches, chilled and transferred to seasoned and new French oak barriques and puncheons. Indigenous yeasts and small amounts of cultured yeasts initiate ferments, barrels are treated to a regimen of lees stirring battonage over the course of nine months maturation.
Bright, light straw colour. Nose displaying lemon zest and cashew, white peach blossoms and river stones. Granny smith and grapefruit flavours, kernel and cashews, bright crunchy acidity, the savouryness of chicken stock. Oily lemon pith, lime zests and biscuit, before a lingering finish of viscous minerality. To accompany Sunday chicken, Moreton Bay bugs or freshly rolled pasta with basil.
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Innocent Bystander create wines that are delicious expressions of what they love to make and to drink, perfect for exploring the iconic styles and varieties of Yarra Valley

Innocent Bystander dont make single vineyards wines, but they do know that great wines need great fruit, so they source the best grapes they can from some of the top vineyards in Yarra Valley. If theres a variety they want to make that doesnt grow well in the valley, they'll go to where the quality fruit is. Their winemaking team treat every parcel of fruit individually to ensure the outstanding varietal characters shine through in the finished product, showing off the very best of the region and sites they represent to make flavoursome, balanced and delicious wines.

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If Innocent Bystander cant make it great, they dont make it at all. Wines made of quality fruit with a soft touch, a vinification that includes hand picking, wild yeast and whole bunch ferments. Innocent Bystander are not judgemental about wine, they know there are people who love Moscato and bubbles as well as those searching for an exceptional Yarra Valley Pinot Noir. Innocent Bystander wines are best enjoyed with good company and great food, they are designed and made with sharing in mind. Created from the pick of Yarra Valley harvest and inspired by the classic styles that everyone loves, delicious!

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