2016 Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley Chardonnay

I’m more than happy to admit to a weakness for Chardonnay.  The forgotten variety that sits lower on the popularity scale than Sav Blanc and Pinot Gris/Grigio.  Sadly, I can’t see this improving in the near or distant future.  It deserves better, and this one, at this price, is going to go a long way to bringing the ‘family’ back into the Chardonnay fold.

Pear and citrusy aromas get this lively little number off to a great start, even a little floral note is in the mix.

The palate is where it counts the most and it gives you plenty to consider, enjoy and talk about.  Isn’t that what wine is?  A social lubricant?

This is where you’ll find stonefruits (a broad term I’ve used before I know, sorry), pears have a say with their juiciness, lemony acidity is among it, some nuttiness probably almonds or cashews, it’s skinsy or if you’d prefer the term textural then I don’t think anyone will take you to task on that point.  To finish this little gem off there is a nice long acidic line as it eases on down the back of the tongue.  Delicious!

Innocent Bystander Website

Region: Yarra Valley, Vic     Price: $25     Source: Retail Purchase

IB Chardonnay

 

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