Winery Spotlight: Tasmania, Australia and New Zealand on May 9, 2023


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Winery Spotlight Tasting
with Winemaker, Joel Tilbrook
Tasmania, Australia & New Zealand

Tuesday, May 9, 2023
6:00pm CST / 7:00pm EST

Joel Tilbrook, Winemaker of Devil’s Corner, Tamar Ridge, and Innocent Bystander wines will be joining us on the big screen (LIVE from Australia) tasting six of his wines. RSVP to taste and learn about these unique and highly-rated wines with Joel. Check out the wines here>

Wines Tasted:
  1. Devil’s Corner Chardonnay, Tasmania, 92pts Wine Enthusiast
  2. Devil’s Corner Resolution Chardonnay, Tasmania, 93pts Wine Enthusiast
  3. Devil’s Corner Pinot Noir, Tasmania, 92pts Wine Enthusiast
  4. Devil’s Corner Resolution Pinot Noir, Tasmania, 93pts Wine Enthusiast
  5. Tamar Ridge Pinot Noir, Tasmania, 95pts Halliday
  6. Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir, New Zealand, not rated yet

To reserve a table and attend the wine tasting in person, please contact your local participating WineStyles store. Or, if you prefer to attend remotely, pre-order a wine tasting kit to-go from your local participating store and watch/taste along with us on Zoom!

Devil's Corner six wine bottles

About Joel Tilbrook:

© Winemaker, Joel Tilbrook

Winemaker Joel Tilbrook maintains that with these wines it’s more about what they DON’T do. Devil’s Corner vineyards produce expressive fruit with bright cool-climate acidity – Joel’s winemaking is all about showcasing these natural qualities.  His wines are fruit-driven wines, occasionally adding complexity through whole bunches in the ferment, aging on the lees with occasional stirring, using open fermenters, natural yeasts, cold soaks, basket pressing and minimal fining and filtration before bottling. When oak is used it is 100% French from 10 different coopers and a range of toast levels. 
Joel has also held roles of Winemaker, Senior Winemaker, Winery Manager, Chief Winemaker and most recently General Manager of Winemaking and Supply Chain at Brown Family Wine Group (family-owned), the parent company of Brown Brothers, Innocent Bystander, Devil’s Corner, Tamar Ridge and Pirie.  Joel is passionate about growing the best quality grapes and crafting wines that over deliver in terms of value and quality. 
Learn more about Joel and Devil’s Corner here.
About Devil’s Corner:
Devil’s Corner on Tasmania’s east coast is one of the wildest and relentless environments on earth. The name derives from sailors who discovered a treacherous bend of the Tasmania Tamar River and named it Devil’s Corner.  Today, it is home to some of the most stunning vineyards in Tasmania and the highest quality, approachable, and cool climate wines. Devil’s Corner farms all of their own vineyards, using holistic and sustainable viticultural practices, including 5,000 sheep for weed suppression and building soil health. In 2023, Devil’s Corner vineyards and winery were certified sustainable by Sustainable Winegrowers Australia (SWA). Learn more about their winery here.Devil's Corner_Map

About Tamar Ridge:
Tamar Ridge, named after its location, sits high on the western slopes of the Tasmania’s Tamar Valley overlooking the Tamar River. For over 20 years, the winemakers have balanced the art and science of winemaking to craft elegant and multi-dimensional Pinot Noir wines that are regarded as among Tasmania’s – and the world’s – best. Learn more about the winery here.Tamar Ridge_Map

About Innocent Bystander:
Innocent Bystander is a privately owned, estate-based wine grower and winemaker in the Yarra Valley, one hour east of Melbourne. First released in 2003, Innocent Bystander is forever expanding its horizons to craft wines reflecting the purest interpretation of each varietal. This means, where necessary, they explore different regions to find the highest quality fruit available for each wine they produce. Learn more about their winery here.Innocent Bystander_Map

Photos and Information © Old Bridge Cellars, Devil’s Corner, Tamar Ridge, & Innocent Bystander – All Rights Reserved.

Let’s Taste, Learn and Enjoy® together!
Contact your local WineStyles to RSVP for this tasting event.
Tasmania & New Zealand Wine Tasting
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
6:00pm CST/ 7:00pm EST

Innocent Bystander Shiraz Pairing Recipe

Marinated Sirloin with Gorgonzola Mashers

• 1 to 1½ lb. sirloin steak sliced ¾ inch thick
• ½ cup soy sauce
• 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
• 2 finely chopped garlic cloves
• ¼ cup red wine (preferably Shiraz/ Syrah)
• 2 Tbsp. cracked black pepper

• 3 to 4 large Russet potatoes
• 4 cloves sliced fresh garlic
• ¼ cup butter or margarine
• ½ cup milk
• 1/3 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
• 2 tsp. Salt
• 2 tsp. Cracked pepper


Marinated Sirloin:
Combine marinade ingredients with sliced steak in large sealable plastic bag. Seal and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Preferably overnight. Remove steak from marinade and discard remaining sauce. Broil 3 to 5 minutes per side until desired doneness.

Gorgonzola Mashers:
Slice potatoes into ½ inch wedges, leaving skins on. In a large pot combine 2 quarts water, sliced garlic, and sliced potatoes, boiling on high for 25 minutes. Strain water and add butter and milk. Mash with a potato masher until milk and butter are incorporated and mixture has a slightly chunky texture. Add salt, pepper, and Gorgonzola, stirring with a wooden spoon until incorporated. Serve with mixed baby greens and balsamic vinaigrette. Recipe compliments of

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Yarra Valley, Australia

Winemaking is carried out in the Sexton’s artisanal winery, a facility designed for hand-crafting small, individual batches of wine. Taking advantage of the broad palate of flavors available to them, the Innocent Bystander team uses a combination of winemaking skill and intuition to blend a consistent range of wines offering unique personality and definitive regional expression. Beyond the pristine fruit of the Yarra Valley, Phil Sexton discovered numerous Central Victorian vineyards that inspired the Innocent Bystander range. The fruit for this vintage of Shiraz comes from the Forest Hut Vinyeard in the Pyrenees and Yarra Valley’s Miller, Tarraford and Sexton Vineyards.

Winemaker: Phil Sexton
Appellation: Yarra Valley, Australia
Varietal Blend:  99% Syrah, 1% Viognier
Analysis: 13.7% alc/vol
Critical Acclaim: 89 pts Stephen Tanzers Int’l Wine Cellar
87 pts Wine Spectator

Phil B&W“Aromas of five spice, campari, orange zest and juniper berries are supported by flavors of wild blackberries and raspberries and dark chocolate notes. The firm, bright tannins and brooding texture balance and carry the fruit through a long, savory finish.” – Phil Sexton, winemaker