Innocent Bystander Moscato NV

Price : $20


January 22, 2019

Moscato gets a bad wrap sometimes, at least that’s my perception. Wine snobs tend to dismiss it as cheap, sweet rubbish that only appeals to people who don’t really like wine. They aren’t completely wrong, there are lots of terrible Moscatos out there. But then there are lots of terrible pinot noirs as well, yet its regarded as probably the most sophisticated wine grape of them all. The difference, I suspect, has to do with sweetness, which is often treated with suspicion by some drinkers. But sweet wines are no different to dry wines. They can be good and they can be bad, and a sweet wine that is balanced with the right amount of acidity, like a good German Riesling is a delight. That goes for today’s wine, the Innocent Bystander Moscato NV.

The Review: Innocent Bystander Moscato NV

As far as Moscatos go, this one has quite a complex nose with citrus, grapes and nougat all present. There is a hint of sweetness of course, but it has the acid backbone there to balance it out. It’s a serious (though still fun) wine with nothing overdone and nothing out of place. This is a wine you could drink all afternoon without overwhelming your palate, which can happeen with lesser Moscatos.

The other good thing about this Innocent Bystander Moscato NV is that its only 5.5% alcohol, meaning its a good option if you have to drive, or if you’re, say, a breastfeeding mother but still want your wine fix. Even better, it comes in 275ml, 375ml and 750ml formats so it’s good for both picnics and home.

Geez, I’ve talked this one up so much I feel like I need to stress no one pays me to write favourable reviews, or buys me off with freebies (though someone did try once!). I simply give you my honest impression of a wine. Check out my About page for more.

  • Region: Victoria

  • Alcohol Percentage: 5.5%

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