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At Innocent Bystander our passion for sharing seriously good wine – not too seriously – unites us. There’s nothing we love more, than to rise above the noise and bring some joy to wine’s all-too-sober conversations.

We make the wines we love to drink and share, from delectable Pinot Noir to effervescent Moscato, starting every vintage with the finest grapes from our home in the Yarra Valley and beyond. From here, the serious winemaking bit is easy. Gentle coercion in open fermenters or lazy days maturing in barrel, we treat each parcel of fruit individually to draw out its unique character.

Select from the list below to explore the tasting notes:

Syrah is a smooth, sophisticated expression of Shiraz and the cool hillsides of the Yarra Valley are perfect for making this intriguing style. Generous in fruit but restrained in oak, subtly perfumed and tantalisingly spicy it’s made to be savoured.

Smells like: White pepper, red currant and rasberry

Tastes like: Cherry compote, loganberry, spice and soft tannins

Goes with: Braised beef cheek, Spicy pork pizza, Hard cheeses, Dark rooms, dark chocolate and dangerous ideas.

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.

Smells like: Fresh cut pears, snow peas shoots and lemon thyme

Tastes like: Lime flowers and miso. Crisp, bone dry and moreish with twangy lemon sorbet finish

Goes with: Beer battered whiting with chips and tartare, fresh oysters, goats cheese and chargrilled vegies. Sunshine, but also rain, hail and snow (basically anytime, all the time)

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.

Smells like: Fresh pear, lemon, poached apple, florals and marzipan

Tastes like: Crisp, fresh and dry with a stonefruit core and citrusy pithy texture

Goes with: Paella del Mar, BBQ chicken with fresh coriander salsa verde, wash rind cheeses. Catching up on Netflix on a Sunday afternoon


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.

Smells like: Cherries and strawberries, with a savoury hint

Tastes like: Red berry compote, with a crisp, super clean finish

Goes with: A great margarita pizza, tiger prawns with aioli, or brie and quince paste. The next round of bowls.

Gamay, it’s bright as a button, juicy as a plum and lip-smackingly delicious when lightly chilled. Take your tongue on a trip to Toulouse, settle down outside a cheeky little bistro and revel in this nouveau delight.

Smells Like: A bright, fresh red blend with bright and fresh strawberry, juicy plums and savoury Chinese five-spice.

Tastes Like: A juicy palate of velvety dark fruits, herbal notes and fine, lengthy tannins.

Goes With: Spicy pork pizza, chèvre cendré (goats cheese rolled in ash), crispy duck leg with plum sauce, drinking and dancing on a warm, endless evening (but keep the wine chilled!)

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