Vivid pink in colour, this highly aromatic wine has notes of blackcurrants, musk, Turkish delight, mandarin peel and a touch of candy floss. The palate is rich and fruity with balanced residual sugar and a cleansing natural acidity. The spritzy finish leaving the palate refreshed.
- Feature(s): Vegetarian
- Winemaker: Geoff Alexander
- Alcohol (ABV): 5.5 %
- Acidity: 7.5 g/l
- Residual sugar: 100 g/l
- pH: 2.95
- Case barcode: 9331574000853
- Bottle barcode: 9331574000693
The fruit for this wine was sourced from a number of vineyard sites across the Swan Hill region of North West Victoria. Soils are predominantly calcareous sandy loam.
The 2017 season in the Swan Hill area of Victoria’s north was particularly long, resulting in a great growing season for the Muscat grapes and excellent flavour development.
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 fermentation 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.
This winery changed hands in May 2016, with one family company, Brown Brothers, taking it off the hands of another, its founder, Phil Sexton. So associated is Innocent Bystander with the Yarra Valley that the new owners made the intelligent decision to build a new winery in Healesville, just across the parking lot from Giant Steps. They quickly signed contracts with all the grape growers that Phil used for Innocent Bystander, so that the style of the wines remains unchanged. This regional and varietal style, reflecting the soil, climate and topography of the cool climate in the Yarra Valley is the base upon which the reputation of Innocent Bystander has been built.