Monday, December 31, 2012

Australia Trip 2012 Part II - Innocent Bystander, Yarra Valley





After touching down at Melbourne Airport, we drove directly to Yarra Valley where we had our wine escape for the next 3 days. By the time we checked into our cottage, we were all hungry and thirsty (for wine)! We waited no time and headed for our first winery - Innocent Bystander for tasting and lunch. Located along Maroondah Highway, Healesville Victoria, Innocent Bystander is a winery, cellar door, bistro , bakery, cheese room and cafe all rolled into one.

Here, you get to sample and buy the 2 wine labels by wine maker Phil Sexton - Giant Steps and Innocent Bystander.

The name Giant Steps comes in part from Phil’s love for jazz and John Coltrane’s album of that same name, and in part due the Giant Step Phil took in relocating with his family from Margaret River to the Yarra Valley. Giant Steps wines are always exclusively single vineyard Yarra Valley wines.

Giant Steps focuses exclusively on the distinctive expression of single vineyard sites in the Yarra Valley. Grapes are drawn from estate and leased vineyards, as well as a selection of long-term contracted vineyards.

Why Innocent Bystander? According to their website: This is a group of winemakers and viticulturalists who eschew the bland direction and market dominance increasingly exerted by the large corporate winemaking groups. In a nutshell, they see themselves as Innocent Bystanders.

Besides wine tasting and tour, we got to taste their artisan bread and wood-fired pizza for lunch.

For starters, we had platters of Calabrian style Kurobuta pork shoulder salami and Blackmore full-blood Wagyu Bresaola - Cured eye of topside.

We ordered a few of their delicious pizzas to go with the Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir:
Spicy pork sausage, Buffalo Mozzarella, San Marzano Tomato and chilli
4 Cheese pizza - Asiago, Taleggio, Buffalo Mozzarella, Cravero Parmesan with roast garlic
Roast Mushroom, Asiago, Black truffle oil, garlic and parsley
San Daniele Prosciutto, San Marzano Tomato, Cravero Parmesan and Parsley

The Pinot Noir is easy drinking but still possesses enough body and complexity. The wine won Gold at the 2011 Sydney Royal Wine Show.

We enjoyed the food and the wine. A very good start to our trip!


Giant Steps / Innocent Bystander Winery
336 Maroondah Highway
Healesville, Victoria 3777
Australia
Tel: (03) 5962 6111

10am - 10pm (Mon - Fri)
8am - 10pm (Sat & Sun)















19 comments:

  1. Hi Alvin
    Beautiful photos as usual....I am sure you have truly enjoyed your Melbourne trip. As my trip to Melbourne few years back, I did not visit any winery place...sad....will go next time.

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    1. Thanks Mel! I have always enjoyed wine trip with great wine, food and company!

      Give it a try!

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  2. Again some lovely photos from Melbourne. :) I went to Yara Valley winery too! But it was my last day in Melbourne, haha! Think we missed this bistro, else I won't want to miss out those lovely loaves! Anyway, have a wonderful year 2013 Chef! Looking forward to seeing more fabulous posts from you!

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    1. Hi Bee! Ya... We were spoilt for choices in Australia as far as bread and bakeries were concerned...
      You have a great 2013 too!

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  3. Very nice pictures. Loved it.Hope you have enjoyed your trip??

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    1. Yes Subhashini, we had a great time! Thanks!

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  4. Love those lovely pictures and the I love the pizzas! Look so delicious!!
    Happy New Year!!

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    1. Happy new year to you too, Ann!

      Love your fruit-shaped note pad! So cute!

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  5. Everytime i see photos of Aussie life, i miss the lucky country! Must go backnagain next year.

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    1. Totally agree with you, Esther. Have you thought of relocating there?

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  6. Just want to let you know it's my good fortune to know you last year. Thanks for dropping by my blog and nice comments. You are such a great cook and photographer. I am truly undeserving of all your kindness (always comes in huge dosage :)). Have a wonderful 2013. Have fun, stay healthy and cook more good food for your family.

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    1. Hi PY! Thanks for such kind words! It's my honour and fortune to chance upon your blog last year year! I liked it immediately! The way you present your ideas and your favourite food outlets... Original and sincere..

      You have a great 2013 too! Let's all keep this going.. :)

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  7. Hi Alvin, Happy New year to you and your loves one. All the best to you in 2013, looking forward to see more posting from you.

    Glad to meet you too. Your photography skill is excellent.
    Have a great day ahead,regards.

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    1. Thanks Amelia! You have a great day and a great year ahead!

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  8. Hi Alvin, the photos that caught my eyes most were the last two :) I know you had a lot of fun in wine country with loads of good food too. Hope that 2013 brings all good things to you and your family. BTW, I updated my Awards post to include your very generous Liebster nomination here http://phonghongbakes.blogspot.com/2012/12/merry-christmas-and-awards.html

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    1. PH, no problem. You truly deserve the nomination.

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  9. I love the name of that winery , Innocent Bystander :D I bet somebody was having a great time in the winery , surrounded by all those tempting array of Austalian wine ! lol And those wonderful food ?! I'm getting hungry just by looking at them esp those artisan bread *sigh* :D Wonderful photos as always , Alvin !

    Btw , I wish you and your family all the best in 2013 !!!

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    1. You bet! Anne!

      Thanks and I have loads of photos from the recent trip to share. I need more time!

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  10. Thanks for the update, is there any way I can receive an email sent to me when you write a fresh blog.keep it up.everything is great in this blog.

    Yarra valley wine tours Melbourne

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