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Innocent Bystander Sangiovese

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Ah Sangiovese, the sexy Italian varietal given a makeover from the Yarra Valley based winery Giant Steps. And what giant steps they have made in terms of quality here, we love this food friendly red and we think you will too. Inspired by Tuscany but with an Aussie accent this Sangio shows, dark chocolate, cherry and aniseed all held together by chewy tannins. It’s medium bodied and weighted, making it the perfect foil for pasta or pizza.

Winemaker's Notes

Nose: Savoury, earthy, and spicy - hints of cinnamon sticks and cloves. Rosemary, dark cherries and rose petals.

Palate: Aniseed, dark chocolate and cherry ripe. All bound up by firm chewy tannins. Medium length and weight.

Food: This wine is at its best with food. Cries out for an osso bucco cooked by someone Italian or braised wild boar. Real Spaghetti bolognaise (you know the one cooked for 4 hours....) or calabrese pizza. Aged pecorino.

Innocent Bystander Wine Reviews & Accolades

"Innocent Bystander is the second, big-value label of Giant Steps Winery located in the Yarra Valley. Where the Giant Steps label focuses on top-end, single-vineyard Yarra Valley pinot noir and chardonnay, Innocent Bystander is a free soul, wandering happily wherever its whims take it. The range includes shiraz, pinot gris, chardonnay, pinot rose, pinot noir, syrah, sangiovese, pink moscato and cordon cut viognier. To date its been a 100 per cent reliable choice, offering really good drinking at around $20 a bottle. Its latest sangiovese is on song, too, offering fleshy cherry-like varietal flavour, meshed with sangioveses savoury, persistent tannins." 3 Stars - Chris Shanahan, Canberra Times April 2011

"The 2009 Sangiovese offers bright red fruit aromatics that teeter down the red cherry/bramble line but with a wholly Australian headiness and ripeness that screams of the warm McLaren Vale origins of the fruit. The palate is again bright and ripe, but tempered by briny freshness, dusty tannins and a slightly herbal/green back palate feel. Texture is lean too, but the slimmer profile suits the wine, albeit there is a slight shrillness amongst the seductive red cherry elixir fruit appeal. Not blowing my mind, perhaps a little simple and lacking some charm, but a worthy drink with some individual flair. I reckon this would do great with some wintery fare." - 89 Points, Mike Bennie for, 2011

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Innocent Bystander Sangiovese

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James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
Highly perfumed notes of stone fruit and redcurrant on the nose with lifted leafy fruit characters. The palate has a juicy richness and sweet fruit flavour evident. Not surprisingly, seeing as it was sourced from McLaren Vale. Has a slight dusty sappiness on the finish. Good food wine.
West Australian, 2011
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
Sourced from McLaren Vale, this sangiovese is a bright, juicy little mid-week pasta proposition, showing red fruits, some liquorice and a gentle herbal thread. The palate's crisp and delicious: more red fruits, a little chocolate and vibrant yet ripe tannins. Terrific value.
SMH Good Wine Guide, 2011

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