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Innocent Bystander is born from an audacious spirit — the love child of a brewer-turned-winemaker with a natural curiosity and disregard for convention. Nestled in the Yarra Valley, we've got a simple mantra: make wines we love to drink and share, without the fuss and pretense. After all, seriousness is for suits and you don't see much of that where we come from. Instead, our winemakers show the duality of Innocent Bystander: one alchemist and one tinkering craftsman, each guilty in the crime of passion. Passion for creating bright, young, approachable wines that are best paired with people — from our flagship Pinot Noir to lip-smacking Moscato.
LIKE A RIOT OF BRIGHT RED BERRIES
A hero variety for the Yarra Valley and our pride and joy. A Pinot that carefully balances cerebral intrigue and pure drinking pleasure. It’s like a riot of berries laid over a bed of fine silky tannin. Jump in, you’ll love it.
Smells like: Blueberry, boysenberry, cherry, and earthy dried spices
Tastes like: Plush red cherry with hints of cola, spice, and soft, silky tannins
Goes with: Mushroom pizza, pasta with duck ragu. Your best wine glass and the crackle of vinyl
LIKE A BOUQUET OF CANDY
Moscato has it, and it’s not afraid to flaunt it. Sweet juicy berries, generous bubbles, and a fresh finish that goes for days. It’s not easy to make a wine that looks and tastes this good, but this Moscato makes it look easy, and you can too.
Smells like: Fairy floss, blackcurrant, Turkish delight, and mandarin peel
Tastes like: Wild strawberry, violets & honeycomb with well-balanced sweetness
Goes with: Fresh summer berries and double cream, crêpes with lemon syrup and orange zest
LIKE A SPARKLING COMET ACROSS MY TASTEBUDS
Prosecco: incoming. Whether to start the evening or end the day, there’s nothing like a glass of tantalizing and vivacious sparkling to set the mood. With notes of delicate pear and citrus over soft bubbles and a fine, refreshing finish, there's no excuses necessary.
Smells like: Citrus, melon, lemon, almonds and honey
Tastes like: White peach, guava and lemon zest with a clean crisp finish
Goes with: Fresh seafood, ancient grain salad with beetroot and feta, or pasta Primavera
While we generally steer well clear of the navel-gazing snobbery of the wine world, with Mea Culpa we give over to passion. This is not a wine that claims perfection, but a wine that delivers an expression of site, vintage, and winemaking character. If indulging in your passion is a crime, then we are guilty as charged.
95 POINTS, HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
A beautifully layered, complex, and fragrant expression of Pinot Noir from historic vineyards in the Yarra Valley. Gliding across the palate with the nuance and intrigue of a Hitchcock movie this Pinot is oozing with notes of rich, red fruit and white truffle alongside fine silky tannins. It’s a wickedly complex Pinot Noir that treads the fine balance between elegance and intensity with dangerous ease.
GOLD MEDAL, 2022 INTERNATIONAL COOL-CLIMATE WINE SHOW
Remember picking berries as a kid, juice running down your chin, hands stained red? Now put it in a glass and gorge yourself on the intense flavours of ripe blackberry and raspberry, supported by a wicked sensation of white pepper spice. An exceptionally smooth and layered single vineyard Syrah from an outstanding Yarra Valley vintage.
LIKE A FIERY TANGO BETWEEN TWO LOVERS
This unsuspecting blend of Shiraz and Cienna is ultra-smooth and sultry; packed with delicious red berries and hints of vanilla bean. The ultimate people pleaser, this smooth red boasts a medium body with plenty of balance and soft, silky tannins. It’s like a fiery tango between two passionate partners, that’ll leave you doing a little shimmy in your seat.
Smells like: Raspberries, blackcurrant, and pepper spice
Tastes like: Wild berry compote, sweet Hoisin, and smooth tannins
Goes with: Duck with spicy plum sauce, seafood paella, dark chocolate
LIKE THE QUEEN OF YARRA VALLEY
Yarra Valley Chardonnay is a queen among wines; sophisticated, serene and perfectly poised. A variety whose remarkable winemaking heritage combines with regional youth and vitality to deliver a rewarding, multi-faceted wine able to satisfy a thirst or take to the table.
Smells like: Smells like fresh pear, lemon, poached apple, florals and marzipan.
Tastes like: Crisp, fresh, and dry with a stonefruit core and pithy texture
Goes with: Paella del Mar, BBQ chicken, smoked salmon and brie frittata
LIKE A REBAL (WITH) A CAUSE
Yes, Syrah is Shiraz. But it's more Clooney than Diesel, more Portman than Robbie. Generous in fruit, restrained in oak and subtly perfumed, the cool hillsides of the Yarra Valley are perfect for making this intriguing style. Tantalizingly spicy and made to be savoured.
Smells like: White pepper, red currant and raspberry
Tastes like: Cherry compote, loganberry, spice and soft tannins
Goes with: braised beef cheek, spicy pork pizza, and hard cheeses
LIKE THE GOLDILOCKS OF WHITE WINE
This Pinot Gris is a genuine people-pleaser. A zippy, citrus-driven French style that’s fresh, textural, harmonious and lingers just long enough. Not too heavy, not too light, it’s 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 a lemon sorbet finish
Goes with: Beer battered whiting, fresh oysters, chargrilled vegies. Lofty goals and little pleasures
LIKE THE JAMES BOND OF RED GRAPES
Nero is the new black. This stylish and salacious red is the James Bond of grapes. Smooth, dry, and perfectly poised to bring a hint of adventure and a dash of mystery to the table. Originally grown in the dry earth of Sicily, Nero is exceptionally well suited to the sun-drenched soils of northern Victoria.
Smells like: Vibrant red currants and loganberry with hints of clove and cumin
Tastes like: A richness of red berry fruits, sublte pepper spice notes with fine tannins
Goes with: Calabrese pizza, seared tuna with Sicilian olives, roasted stuffed mushrooms
LIKE A SWEET SPANISH SEDUCTION
Tempranillo (sounds like temp-ra-neo) is a juicy, earthy, medium bodied red made famous by the Spaniards. Bursting with vibrant red fruit smothered in dusty spice and perfect with all things chargrilled and wood-fired. This Iberian wonder wine could be your new favourite drop.
Smells like: Dark cherry, red berries and some earthy spice
Tastes like: Bright, juicy berries and cola jubes followed by dusty, savoury spice
Goes with: Paella con carne, char-grilled octopus, tapas and tortillas
We make the wines we love to drink and share. From Yarra Valley Syrah to our pink Moscato, we've got all tastebuds covered.Shop on Brown Family Wines