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Causes and Cures Vermouth

Yarra Valley, Victoria

Causes and Cures

This Viognier-based Vermouth is made at Innocent Bystander ‘by winemakers with a curious sense of spirits’...

“Vermouth has a long and surreal history on the fringes of apothecary, art and medicine”, says Phil Sexton. “The medieval treatise ‘Causes & Cures’ recorded the beneficial and restorative powers of all known herbs and spices.”

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Vineyards

The grapes used to make the Causes and Cures Vermouth are grown in the Gateway Vineyard in the McLaren Vale. Soils here are composed of red loam. Vines planted using vertical shoot positioning and are farmed with biodynamic practices.

Vinification

This craft, small batch vermouth has small and exacting measures of local and imported botanicals, the most influential on the style being wormwood, juniper, gentian, bay leaf, cinchona and seville orange.
The botanicals are macerated separately in the fortifying spirit (a distillate of the mother wine) and the blended aromatic spirit is then used to fortify the mother wine to 17% alcohol. The resulting vermouth is racked, coarse filtered and bottled with only a minimal amount of sulphur.

Tasting Notes

Clean, crisp and refreshing in flavour – just the right balance of strength and subtlety with good weight, texture and citrus notes. An orange, aniseed tang comes with a gentle sweetness. A cracking Vermouth, delicious on its own with ice and a twist of orange.

Vintage information

Vintage NV
Grape varieties 95% Viognier
5% Chardonnay
Region Yarra Valley, Victoria
Winemaker Steve Flamsteed
Alcohol (ABV) 17%
Acidity 7.1g/l
Residual Sugar 23g/l
Wine pH 3.33
Bottle Size 50cl