2011 Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato Victoria (Elsewhere $15)
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!
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.
*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.
This bright, vibrant wine offers a spicy raspberry flavor bouncing through the lightly sweet, easy-drinking finish. Drink now. (Web-2012)