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