- Silver - International Wine Challenge 2011
Hazelnut tinges, melon and stonefruit, backed up by oaking so subtle its nigh on invisible.
Winemaker Steve Flamsteed at Innocent Bystander believes that Chardonnay is the world’s greatest grape and there is great attention to detail in his wines. The fruit is hand-picked and fermented with wild yeast while gentle oak handling gives it a slight creamy richness.
Light and smooth, with pretty apple, peach and floral flavours.
Light yellow. Very fruity nose offers aromas of nectarine, white peach, pear and tangerine. Bright and juicy on the palate, offering gently sweet orchard and pit fruit flavours and a tangy jolt of lemon zest. Finishes silky and persistent, the pear note repeating.
It has that lovely sweet pear flavour that Chardonnay does so well – though here it’s admirably tempered by more savoury/bitter notes provided by grapefruit and bran. It has a suggestion of smoothness though it’s largely racy and fruity and refreshing. It’s satisfying in its flavour, and once you swallow these flavours persist well. Not sure you can ask for much more.
The kind of classy wine that gives chardonnay a good name with its drinkable palate of peachy fruit.
A tight nose and palate with a seasoning of spicy oak shows good citrus drive and underlying minerality. Good line and length. Quietly impressive.
This Chardonnay is a restrained modern style at the good-value end of things. It combines appetising melon, citrus and subtly nutty characters. A smooth mouthfeel, and a lingering, dry finish in fine form.
It gives a pronounced nose of apricots, pink guava and pineapple with nuances of pie crust and cashews. Medium bodied with a good backbone of crisp acid cutting through the concentrated tropical fruit flavours, it finishes with lingering notes of pineapple and apricots.
Immediately strikes with a complex mix of butterscotch and nutty stone fruit on the nose plus a distinct wild and funky character emanating from the use of some wild yeasts. The palate has a rich fruit character with only light oak, plus some nice spice mineral edginess to it. Very attractive, especially with spicy food.