Innocent Bystander Pinot Gris

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The Story

Established in 2004 by Phil Sexton, Innocent Bystander is an independent winery focused on producing flavour-driven wines from carefully selected vineyards in the Yarra Valley, Victoria and beyond.

The winery is built around gravity flow principles and designed for small-batch wine making.  With each vintage these wines have developed in complexity and texture with a great understanding and use of wild fermentation's and restrained oak handling.

Naturally produced wines made without compromise with the objective of each wine being a faithful expression of site and vintage.

The Wine

A superbly quaffable wine that smells like walking through a tropical fruit market - pear, stone fruits, guava and kiwifruit. A great acidity gives it a crisp finish, with flavour of citrus and pear on the tongue and an Almost crunchy texture with zingy lemon and lime acidity. Oak use gives it a richer mouth-feel than some of the other citrus-driven versions, this wine is more luscious like fresh cut white pears with a hint of white joobes.

An extremely well made Pinot Gris with distinct pear, lychee and green apple varietal characters on the nose. The palate is satisfyingly creamy and the acid balance is excellent.


  • Halliday rated 90 points (2012 Vintage)
  • Rated 90/100, Good Wine Guide 2013


 “Always a good-value wine in this style category, offering a mix of composure and richness - they get the balance just right. Plenty of melon and pear fruit with a thread of citrus running smoothly through - supple and crunchy palate, gently chalky finish.” - Good Wine Guide 2013

This is a particularly juicy style of gris, with clearly defined varietal character in an apple, pear and citrus spectrum.- James Halliday, 2013.

"Taking on the gris, rather than grigio, naming convention can be a clue that the wine is more luscious than crisper, crunchier grigio styles – and this offering does exactly that with white floral notes, cut stonefruits, richer textures and mouthfeel than more citrus-bitten versions." - Tony Love, Herald Sun 

"From Phil Sexton's Yarra Valley-based Innocent Bystander-Giant Steps winery, this quaffable drop is pale straw, has kiwifruit scents and brings zippy tangelo flavour to the front of the palate. Grassy, green apple characters with an underlay of creamy oak show on the middle palate and the finish has steely acid."John Lewis, Newcastle Herald

 "The brand is one half of the winemaking consortium that also includes Giant Steps and prides itself on its meticulous practices. Half of the fruit for this gris was fermented in tank, the other half in used French oak. The result is a textured, elegant wine with pear and citrus fruit on the nose and palate, natural acidity and a crisp finish." - Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury

Tasting Note: Crisp and fresh like biting into a fresh green apple. Tight but with a melting acidity that lingers like fresh lemonade. A really lively palate with a solid flick of crisp citrus.

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Yarra Valley
Dry White
Pinot Gris

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