A radiant pale gold appearance with fine, persistent bubbles. Complex pastry shop aromas are followed by floral notes of lime-tree, violet and lilac, alongside blueberry and concentrated, soft dried apricots. The palate begins with a silky smooth sensation, developing into ripe fleshy apricot, melon and enticing rum pastry flavours, ending with delicate spice notes. A perfect balance of freshness and full bloom.
A blend of 45% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir & 15% Pinot Meunier. This Champagne has a delicate and fresh nose, with good complexity and notes of citrus and with fruit. It is fresh and supple upon entry with rounded and expressive flavours from which the fruit progressively emerges. Good balance and length.
Superb, quality champagne from a very small, family producer situated in Bouzy. The 60:40 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay adds elegance and finesse to the Champagne and a minimum of 3 years on lees adds complexity. This is a modern style of Grand Cru with light body, citrus fruit on the nose and apple and pear fruit on the palate. Won a Silver Medal at the 2011 International Wine Challenge.
Pale straw colour with green tinges, the crystal clarity is laced with a persistent surge of minute bubbles. The bouquet is very delicate with hints of golden apples and acacia flowers. The off-dry palate is fresh and light with an extremely smooth and we
This winery changed hands in May 2016, with one family company, Brown Brothers, taking it off the hands of another, its founder, Phil Sexton. So associated is Innocent Bystander with the Yarra Valley that the new owners made the intelligent decision to build a new winery in Healesville, just across the parking lot from Giant Steps. They quickly signed contracts with all the grape growers that Phil used for Innocent Bystander, so that the style of the wines remains unchanged. That style wines that are regional and varietal, reflecting the soil, climate and topography of the cool climate in the Yarra Valley – has been the base upon which the reputation of Innocent Bystander has been built.
The Gordo Muscat (Muscat of Alexandria) was selected from the Woonton, Boulton and Duffy vineyards, while the Black Muscat (Muscat Hamberg) that made up the remaining part of the blend was sourced from Burge Vineyard, Duffy Vineyard, Wall Vineyard and Pratt Vineyard, all in the Swan Hill region in Victoria.
2017 was a very good vintage for the Yarra Valley. A cool, early summer meant harvest dates were three weeks later than the previous vintage but a perfect autumn meant that crops were evenly balanced with excellent acidity and ripe flavours.
Harvested in the cool of the night, fruit was chilled and crushed with six hours skin contact to extract a hint of pink from the Black Muscat. Juice underwent a 100% stainless steel ferment with aromatic yeast at 12°C. Fermentation was stopped at 5.5% alcohol by chilling the wine, then cold filtered at 0°C to trap in the natural bubbles and cold bottled under pressure to retain freshness and effervescence.
Intense fairy floss and blackcurrant perfumes wrap around notes of musk, Turkish delight and mandarin peel. The palate is rich in flavour, yet refined by a cleansing natural acidity. The spritzy naturally dissolved carbon dioxide leaves the palate refreshed.