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Innocent Bystander Pinot Gris 2017

Innocent Bystander Pinot Gris 2017 [©Innocent Bystander]

Innocent Bystander Syrah 2017
Innocent Bystander Tempranillo 2017
Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir 2017
Innocent Bystander Rosé 2018


The home of Innocent Bystander is in the heart of Healesville in the Yarra Valley. Here their love of wine and hospitality is shared with all those who step through the door.

The ethos is simple – their passion is for sharing seriously good, accessble wine, the ones they love to drink and share themselves.

The range is  wide, from iconic Yarra Valley pinot noir to the sparkling moscato with all colours in between. Here are tasting notes for some of Innocent Bystander's 2017 range: 


Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay is one of our two main squeezes out here, and this drop in particular will have you singing Yarra Valley praises. Drop the retro stereotype because cool climate chardonnay is our jam and you should absolutely get on board.

Flavour development was exceptional. The Yarra Valley floor provided stone fruit and honeydew melon richness while the Upper Yarra showed more citrus flavours. The long vintage kept the acid crunchy and lively resulting in great length and complexity.

The fruit was predominantly hand-picked Yarra Valley chardonnay of which 50% was oak matured on lees, for approximately 9 months with partial indigenous fermentation in new and seasoned oak. No malolactic fermentation to keep it fresh and maintain natural acidity.

It has aromas of fresh pear, lemon, poached apple, florals and marzipan and tastes crisp, fresh and dry with a stonefruit core and citrusy, pithy texture.

Cellaring: up to 5 years

Goes with: BBQ chicken with fresh coriander salsa verde, smoked salmon and Brie fritatta, catching up on Netflix on a Sunday afternoon

Vegan friendly

Alc/Vol: 13.0%

RRP A$25 bottle (direct from winery)


Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot gris is everyone’s mate. This cheeky, citrus-driven French-style white is refreshing, easy-going, and lingers just long enough. Not too fresh, not too oaky. The Goldilocks of the whites.

A long growing summer in the upper King Valley, gave us a clean flavour and tight citrus acidity. The fruit was 70% King Valley and 30% Yarra Valley which was 85% stainless steel cold fermentation to hold onto that freshness and 15% matured in French oak for that lush mouth feel.

Cellaring: up to 3 years

Goes with: beer battered whiting with chips and tartare, fresh oysters, goat’s cheese and char grilled vegies, sunshine, but also rain, hail and snow (basically anytime, all the time).

Vegan friendly

Alc/Vol: 13.5%

RRP A$20 bottle (direct from winery)


Pinot Noir 2017

Yarra Valley Pinot Noir is such a cool cat. It’s our bread and butter, our heart and soul. It’s our hero wine out here, and we freaking love it. Subtle, perfumed. Just 100% totally drinkable and awesome.

An unusually long, slow growing season allowed us to pick perfectly clean fruit at optimal ripeness and full colour and flavour. It was predominantly hand-picked Yarra Valley fruit which was matured for 8 months in French oak to produce a dry and perfumed wine.

It has aromas of cranberry, boysenberry, cherry and earthy dried spices and tastes like velvety dark fruits, with soft savoury tannins.

Cellaring: up to 5 years

Goes with: Mushroom pizza, antipasti, pasta with duck ragu and first dates, because everyone loves our pinot noir (disclaimer: we can’t guarantee everyone loves our pinot noir!)

Vegan friendly

Alc/Vol: 13.5%

RRP A$25 bottle (direct from winery)


Syrah 2017

Yep, syrah. And yes, that’s French for shiraz. Its name is a reference to the wine’s style. More perfumed, smooth and sophisticated than a full-on fruit bomb. More earthy white pepper than hardcore spice. But you know what? Que sera sera, syrah…if you love it as much as we do, you can call it whatever you like.

This was a compressed vintage due to long periods of perfect ripening conditions lead to a supple savoury fruit driven syrah, with the right dose of peppery spice. Using Yarra Valley fruit from both upper and  lower vineyards it was matured for 9 months in French oak, with natural malolactic fermentation occurring to produce a dry, balanced and perfumed wine.

The aromas are of white pepper, red currant and raspberry and it tastes like cherry compote, loganberry, spice and soft tannins.

Cellaring: up to 5 years

Goes with: Spicy pork pizza, rib eye roast, hard cheeses. Good food, good friends and dinners that go on late into the night.

Vegan friendly

Alc/Vol: 13.5%

RRP A$25 bottle (direct from winery)


Tempranillo 2017

Tempranillo (sounds like temp-ra-neo) is a juicy, earthy, medium bodied red variety made famous by the Spaniards. They love it with paella and so do we, so we made some. This one’s all berries and spice with vibrant colour and flavour, it could be your new favourite red variety.

Sourced from mature tempranillo vineyards in the King Valley and warmer Heathcote region and using 90% tempranillo/10% graciano with 70% from the King Valley and 30% from Heathcote, this wine is medium-bodied, vibrant and juicy.

The aromas are of red cherries, blackberry and some earthy spice and it tastes like bright, juicy berries and cola jubes followed by dusty, savoury spice.

Cellaring:  up to 5 years

Goes with: Paella con Carne, chorizo, salami or bresaola, fire roasted capsicum, olives and semi-cured cheese. And a long supper of grazing, sharing stories and misadventures

Alc/Vol: 14.5%

RRP A$25.00 (direct from winery)


Rosé 2017

With a colour reminiscent of summer sunsets, blushing cheeks and your favourite croquet polo shirt, why would you not choose rosé today? Don’t let its sweet hues fool you. This baby is a crisp dry drop, made from pinot noir grapes. Playful and preppy, classy and so damn drinkable.

Made from 100% pinot noir, that ripened through a long, warm vintage. The season generated concentrated red berry fruits and a lovely balance. Fruit from the Yarra Valley was given 3-4 hours of skin contact to create that beautiful colour then had a mix of cool free run fermentations, for a bright berry character and warmish barrel fermentations.

It has aromas of cherries and strawberries, with a savoury hint and tastes like red berry compote, with a crisp, super clean finish.

Cellaring: up to 2 years

Goes with: a great Margherita pizza, tiger prawns with aioli, Brie and quince paste, the next round of bowls.

Vegan friendly

Alc/Vol: 13.0%

RRP A$20.00 (direct from winery)



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