Innocent Bystander was set up by Phil Sexton in 2004 after he sold Devil's Lair in Margaret River. Second time around he could use the wisdom of experience to get everything right: the winery, the image, the quality and the value-for-money. Now renowned for their Pink Moscato, the estate also cultivates Pinot Noir and Chardonnay alongside Pinot Gris and cool climate Syrah.
Grapes sourced from six different vineyards in the Swan Hill area of the Murray-Darling Basin; these two rivers provide the natural irrigation for these vines. This is a very warm viticultural area - with average summer temperatures at 100°F - resulting in ideal growing conditions for the production of late harvest, super ripe Muscat grapes.
The production focuses on preserving the wine's fruity, fresh and estery characteristics. Harvested at the cool of night to preserve freshness, grapes are pressed and given just six hours contact with skins for colour. Fermentation is short, stopped at 5.5% by cooling the wine; then brought down to 0˚C for cold filtering, both the natural sweetness and bubbles are preserved.
80% Gordo Muscat, 20% Black Muscat.
Intense, primary aromas of cotton candy and blackcurrant with musk, Turkish delight and mandarin peel in the background. Rich in fl avor yet refi ned by cleansing natural acidity. The spritzy dissolved carbon dioxide also leaves a refreshed palate. Pair with fresh summer berries and clotted cream, crepes with orange zest and lemon syrup or gorgonzola cheese and fresh pears.
ABV = 5.5%.