A delicious blend of natural sweetness and fizz with crisp acidity thanks to early picking and minimal intervention in the winery, to retain freshness and natural effervescence. In the words of Huon Hooke, “Aussie moscato doesn’t come better than this.”
Innocent Bystander’s reputation has been built upon the style of their regional and varietal wines, which reflect the soil, climate and topography of the cool Yarra Valley. Owned by one of Australia’s leading family-owned wine companies, Brown Brothers, the Yarra Valley fruit is harvested and immediately transported to their winery in Milawa, Northern Victoria. Here the winemaking team process the grapes in their ‘Kindergarten Winery’, specially designed for small batches and different winemaking techniques for minimal intervention.
The fruit for the Moscato was sourced from a number of vineyard sites across the Swan Hill region of North West Victoria. Soils here are predominantly calcareous sandy loam. The wine is a blend of three different types of the Muscat grape: Muscat of Alexandria, Black Muscat and Red Frontignac (one of the many clones of Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains).
Harvested in the cool of the night, the fruit was chilled and crushed with six hours skin contact to extract a vibrant hint of pink from the Black Muscat grapes. The juice then underwent a cool fermentation in pressurised stainless steel vats to retain the freshness and to trap the natural effervescence. Fermentation was stopped at 5.5% alcohol by chilling the wine before it was then bottled under pressure.
Vivid pink in colour, this highly aromatic wine has notes of blackcurrant, Turkish delight, mandarin peel and a hint of candy floss. The palate is rich and fruity with balanced residual sugar, a cleansing natural acidity and a spritzy finish.