Our very charming enfant terrible; Innocent Bystander is made to be drunk while watching the world go by. They are playful and exotic wines made in earnest.
- AUS - Multi-regional
90 Points "With its cherry, anise, cassia bark and spices, this almost smells like a little Chianti! King Valley Sangiovese meets Yarra Valley Merlot in a happy partnership of smooth cherry/berry fruit. Lovely drinking wine." Wine Business Monthly, Nick Stock (Australia), October 2008
"Meaty, red-berry aromas, a little plain but lean and savoury in the mouth with a firm grip to finish." Good Weekend, Huon Hooke (Australia), 10 Jan 09
"An unusual mix of Yarra Valley merlot and sangiovese from the King Valley were fermented separately and blended in old, small French oak. This has a savoury bouquet of cedar, leather and spice with subdued herby dried fruit in the mouth. Medium-bodied with a silky texture and moderate tannins. Perfect with slow-cooked lamb. " Daily Telegraph, Jeff Collerson (Australia), 02 Dec 08
"The fruit was sourced from the King Valley and the Yarra. Theres a small amount of cabernet. In the end you get a wine thats nicely freshened in the middle with some power, structure and a dryish finish. " West Australian, Ray Jordan (Australia), 04 Sep 08
Winery Tasting Notes
Dusty, tarry, spice. Cloves and aniseed. Cherries and Satsuma plums.
Poached raspberries and savoury roasted bones. All bound up by tight fine tannin. Medium length and weight.
Cries out for braised meats, tomato based pasta and classic pizzas. Aged Reggiano, not Grana padano (too good for it).