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 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 fermentations 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 Yarra Valley is renowned for producing amazing Pinot Noir. Innocent Bystander emanates from the brain child of owner, Phil Sexton. With winemaker Steve Flamsteed on board, the Innocent Bystander wines are fantastically varietal and extremely approachable. The Pinot Noir is packed full of black cherry and cedary notes with a perfect balance of soft, but fine grained tannin.
This young Yarra Valley pinot noir deserves to be enjoyed with gusto. It's almost like an Australian translation of Frances beaujolais cru style, deliciously drinkable, uncomplicated and fresh.
Halliday rated 96 points (2010 Vintage)
'Chairmans Award' - 2013 Riverside International Wine Competition, USA
93 points - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion
92 points - Ralph Ktye-Powell, Epicure
92 Points - Ray Jorday, West Australian
92 Points - Alan Hunter, Courier Mail
Innocent Bystander have become major players in the keen world of Yarra Valley pinot noir. This is one of the labels better (or best) releases to date. Its complex, dry, well-structured, substantial. This deserves to be on your buying radar. - Campbell Mattinson, Winefront Magazine
"Here is another impressive and inexpensive pinot noir that punches well above its weight. And ain't that good news for pinot lovers. A fresh and approachable pinot noir such as this matches brilliantly with pink-cooked lamb cutlets. - Jane Faulkner, The Age
"Very good clear crimson-purple; red and black cherry fruit leaps from the glass on the first whiff and first taste; a high quality pinot from a very good vintage that is all about varietal fruit, with enough spice and oak to satisfy all comers. - James Halliday, 2012.
Tasting Note: Musk, violets and sour plum jam on the nose with a fine tannic spine with juicy acid. Packed full of black cherry and cedars notes with the perfect balance.