Innocent Bystander Sangiovese Merlot 2006 (6x750mL) Victoria, Australia

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049
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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

Expert Reviews

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.

Food Matching

Cries out for braised meats, tomato based pasta and classic pizzas. Aged Reggiano, not Grana padano (too good for it).

AUS - Multi-regional
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Other Red Blends
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Innocent Bystander is an independent Yarra Valley based winery producing wines from its own managed and contracted vineyards, focusing on Chardonnay & Pinot Noir alongside emerging varietals and blends including Pinot Gris, Moscato, Sangiovese Merlot & cool climate grown Shiraz Viognier.

Why Innocent Bystander?

Owners the Sexton family work with a group of winemakers and viticulturalists who eschew the bland direction and market dominance increasingly exerted by the large corporate winemaking groups.

In a nutshell, they see themselves as Innocent Bystanders.

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