Innocent Bystander Sangiovese 2009 (6 x 750mL), McLaren Vale, SA.

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
$18.99 per Bottle
$113.94 per pack
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Inspired by the rolling hills of Tuscany, the classic central Italian variety, our little Italian stallion shows wonderful aniseed, dark chocolate and cherry ripe characters, all bound up by firm, chewy tannins. With medium length and weight this wine is at its best with food, perfectly paired with osso bucco, calabrese pizza or real spaghetti bolognaise.

SA - McLaren Vale
South Australia

Expert Reviews

Canberra Times, Chris Shanahan (Australia), 27 Apr 11

Vintage: 2009

3 Stars

"Innocent Bystander is the second, big-value label of Giant Steps Winery located in the Yarra Valley. Where the Giant Steps label focuses on top-end, single-vineyard Yarra Valley pinot noir and chardonnay, Innocent Bystander is a free soul, wandering happily wherever its whims take it. The range includes shiraz, pinot gris, chardonnay, pinot rose, pinot noir, syrah, sangiovese, pink moscato and cordon cut viognier. To date its been a 100 per cent reliable choice, offering really good drinking at around $20 a bottle. Its latest sangiovese is on song, too, offering fleshy cherry-like varietal flavour, meshed with sangioveses savoury, persistent tannins."

Winery Tasting Notes


Boysenberries cherries and tar. Red licorice. Briary, earthy and star anise. Fruit cake and stewed dark plums.


Savoury and chewy. Textured juicy tannins. Lovely balance of dark fruit, and savoury. Medium palate weight but long and textured.

Food Matching

Braised hare on pappardelle pasta. Osso bucco. Wood fired margarita pizza. Grilled kransky on sourdough with homemade chutney. Aged parmesan with brown pears. Real Spaghetti bolognaise (you know the one cooked for 4 hours...) or calabrese pizza.

SA - McLaren Vale
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Winery Profile

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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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