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Innocent Bystander Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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750ML / 13% ABV
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3.9 77 Ratings
750ML / 13% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Intense and lifted aromas of guava, passionfruit, lemon juice, and ruby grapefruit. The palate is surprisingly textural and shows ripe citrus and stone fruit flavors. A refreshing and lively line of natural acidity provides focus to the long and clean finish.

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COMMENTARY: I have enjoyed many vintages of the Innocent Bystander Sauvignon Blanc over the years. The 2018 vintage continues to be as good as it has always been. TASTING NOTES: This wine writes its own story. Its aromas and flavors of aromatic ripe citrus and down-to-earth savory spices deliver plenty of richness from start to finish. Pair it with dill-accented seared Ahi tuna. (Tasted: May 3, 2019, Treasure Island, CA)
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This bright and zesty wine couldn’t be mistaken for anything other than a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Exuberant aromas of lemon zest, passion fruit, lime oil and freshly sliced green bell pepper and jalapeño burst from the glass. The palate is fresh and feisty yet textural and balanced, with green herbal and pepper notes flowing into an oyster shell saline finish.

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Innocent Bystander is a privately owned, estate based wine grower and winemaker in the Yarra Valley, one hour east of Melbourne. First released in 2003, Innocent Bystander is forever expanding its horizons to craft wines reflecting the purest interpretation of style available. This means, where necessary, exploring different regions to find the highest quality fruit available for each wine they produce. That is why they choose the Yarra Valley for Pinot Gris; go to the Swan Hill for Moscato; and across the Tasman to Marlborough for Sauvignon Blanc. Innocent Bystander's close-knit team has a long standing track record delivering a range of wines with a personality all their own: distinctly regional and varietally expressive. The strikingly branded wines, focused on Innocent Bystander's main character alone, have established a strong reputation in restaurants and fine wine stores around the world.

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An icon and leading region of New Zealand's distinctive style of Sauvignon blanc, Marlborough has a unique terroir, making it ideal for high quality grape production (of many varieties). Despite some common generalizations, which could be fairly justified given that Marlborough is responsible for 90% of New Zealand's Sauvignon blanc production, the wines from this region are actually anything but homogenous. At the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, the vineyards of Marlborough benefit from well-draining, stony soils, a dry, sunny climate and wide temperature fluctuations between day and night, a phenomenon that supports a perfect balance between berry ripeness and acidity.

The region’s king variety, Sauvignon blanc, is beloved for its pungent, aromatic character with notes of exotic tropical fruit, freshly cut grass and green bell pepper along with a refreshing streak of stony minerality. These wines are made in a wide range of styles, and winemakers take advantage of various clones, vineyard sites, fermentation styles, lees-stirring and aging regimens to differentiate their bottlings, one from one another.

Also produced successfully here are fruit-forward Pinot noirs (especially where soils are clay-rich), elegant Riesling, Pinot gris and Gewürztraminer.

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Capable of a vast array of styles, Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character. Though it can vary depending on where it is grown, a couple of commonalities always exist—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. This variety is of French provenance. Somm Secret—Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. That green bell pepper aroma that all three varieties share is no coincidence—it comes from a high concentration of pyrazines (herbaceous aromatic compounds) inherent to each member of the family.

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