2011 Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato Victoria (Elsewhere $15)

SKU #1074232 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light pink. Potent red berry preserve and orange aromas are lifted by a note of white pepper. Sweet, penetrating raspberry and orange zest flavors show very good clarity and a creamy texture. Finishes smooth and long, with impressive vivacity for a sweet-ish wine.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Very pale cherry-pink colored, the 2011 Moscato is intensely scented of fresh grape juice, crushed cherries and red blossoms. Slightly sparkling, sweet, light-bodied, and with light alcohol (5.5% declared alcohol) it has refreshing acidity and a long, fruity finish. It is pink, sweet, fizzy and over-the-top fruity...all the things that would normally turn my nose up and still I just can’t help but like it – great example of this style!  (12/2011)

Wine & Spirits

 Scents of rose and fresh wild strawberries lend this pink, slightly fizzy wine its brisk perfume. Lightly sweet, it is balanced by chalk-like minerality. Chill it for anytime.  (2/2012)

Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* Innocent Bystander has been ahead of the Moscato curve, making this wine for a number of years, and it has always been among the best from Australia. The 2011 is perfumed and spicy, with ample strawberry and cherry fruit and a soft, frothy feel in the mouth. Drink it over the next six months or so.

Wine Spectator

 This bright, vibrant wine offers a spicy raspberry flavor bouncing through the lightly sweet, easy-drinking finish. Drink now. (Web-2012)

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Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2012 | Send Email
Love softly sweet, playful bubbly? This moscato from Australia is for you! 73% Gordo Muscat & 27% Black Muscat makes for a pretty experience of rose, cotton candy, and strawberry with a soft raspberry finish. Dangerously low alcohol (5.5%) and a $10.99 price point means there are many bottles in my future in the warm twilight of summer! Hooray!
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Alcohol Content (%): 5.5