Innocent Bystander has forged a reputation for delivering some of the Yarra Valley‚Äôs most consistent, over-performing, affordable, varietal wines. Using 100% hand-picked fruit and non-intervention winemaking techniques these wines reflect Victoria‚Äôs cool climate, soil and topography. In 2014, experienced vigneron Phil Sexton extended this philosophy across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand adding two new cool climate regions – Central Otago and Marlborough – to Innocent Bystander‚Äôs portfolio.
Vinous 91 points – (Giant Steps Pinot Noir 2015 is made with 30 percent whole clusters and aged in 25 percent new French oak barrels) Vivid red. Spice-tinged raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by sassafras, musky herb and allspice nuances. Sweet and focused on the palate, offering juicy red and dark berry flavors with suggestions of cola and star anise. Closes with strong finishing punch, gentle tannins and very good, spicy tenacity.