Aromas of dark cocoa powder and poached cherries. Hints of truffle oil and fresh tobacco. Wet earth and dark red forest berries. The palate has ripe cherries and cherry compote, fresh bramble with a hint of tar and grilled meat. A round fresh palate with a twang of chalky tannins. Enjoy this wine with Chinese roast duck, grilled quail with herbs or soft cheeses.
Innocent Bystander is nothing to do with cartoonist Michael Leunig but is the second label of Giant Steps winery in Healesville, where the talented Steve Flamsteed piles his trade. This superb wine shows what heights can be reached with modestly priced wines in outstanding vintages. It was fermented with 40 per cent stalks but they don't show, simply adding to the wine's overall complexity. Red and dark cherry fragrance with a lick of spice; fine-boned with great delicacy and subtlety. Pure fruit flavour delivered with finesse. A lighter style with gentle structure for drinking young. Best now to five years.13 per alcohol.93/100. Food: Marinated quail, peking duck, veal scaloppine, saltimbocca, veal parmigiana.