Founded in 2004 by Phil Sexton, Innocent Bystander is a Yarra Valley based estate producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay alongside several other emerging varietals and blends...
Located in Healesville, the winery is an exercise in function over form, much like the strongly expressed views of its owners and winemaking team: “Make great wine for drinking and enjoying; not crowing over”. The fruit for the Innocent Bystander wines is sourced from vineyards in the Yarra Valley as well as selected vineyards throughout Victoria.
The Gordo Muscat (Muscat of Alexandria) was selected from the Woonton, Boulton and Duffy vineyards, while the Black Muscat (Muscat Hamberg) that made up the remaining part of the blend was sourced from Burge Vineyard, Duffy Vineyard, Wall Vineyard and Pratt Vineyard, all in the Swan Hill region in Victoria.
Dry, warm conditions prevailed in Victoria from flowering to harvest. A significant rain event in February gave the vines a freshen up, enough to get the fruit to ripeness. Irrigation was used sparingly to take the edge off peak summer temperatures. The warmth of the ripening season led to robust, ripe fruit flavours not seen since 2008.
Harvested in the cool of the night, fruit was chilled and crushed with six hours skin contact to extract a hint of pink from the Black Muscat. Juice underwent a 100% stainless steel ferment with aromatic yeast at 12°C. Fermentation was stopped at 5.5% alcohol by chilling the wine, then cold filtered at 0°C to trap in the natural bubbles and cold bottled under pressure to retain freshness and effervescence.
A pretty pale pink, this has candy floss, sherbert, pink grapefruit & mandarin aromas. Rose water, toffee apple and rhubarb crumble develop on the palate, which has a spritzy fizz and a fresh pear and raspberry finish.
80% Muscat d`Alexandria
20% Black Muscat
|Region||Yarra Valley, Victoria|
|Bottle Sizes||37.5cl, 75cl|
Liberty Wines customers can order this wine directly from us.