Innocent Bystander’s reputation has been built upon the style of their regional and varietal wines, which reflect the soil, climate and topography of the cool Yarra Valley. Owned by one of Australia’s leading family-owned wine companies, Brown Brothers, the Yarra Valley fruit is harvested and immediately transported to their winery in Milawa, Northern Victoria. Here the winemaking team process the grapes in their ‘Kindergarten Winery’, specially designed for small batches and different winemaking techniques for minimal intervention.
The fruit for the Moscato was sourced from a number of vineyard sites across the Swan Hill region of North West Victoria. Soils here are predominantly calcareous sandy loam. The wine is a blend of two different types of the Muscat grape: 84% Muscat of Alexandria and 16% Black Muscat.
Harvested in the cool of the night, the fruit was chilled and crushed with six hours skin contact to extract a vibrant hint of pink from the Black Muscat grapes. The juice then underwent a cool
fermentation in stainless steel vats to retain the freshness and to trap the natural effervescence. Fermentation was stopped at 5.5% alcohol by chilling the wine before it was then bottled under pressure.
Vivid pink in colour, this highly aromatic wine has notes of blackcurrant, Turkish delight, mandarin peel and a hint of candy floss. The palate has intense flavours of strawberry, violets and
honeycomb. This Moscato is rich and fruity with balanced residual sugar, a cleansing natural acidity and a spritzy finish.
Great by itself or made with crushed ice into a slush with fresh strawberries and mint! See recipe for your own Moscato Granita here and toast to World Moscato Day.