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Innocent Bystander Shiraz Blend Shiraz Viognier 2005

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Australia is famous for its big, sweet and jammy shiraz. This is not one of those. This is a style made famous in France's Northern Rhone; it is aromatic, elegantly structured and relaxed, showing white pepper, violets, blueberries and cherries with fine tannins. Just a dash of Viognier provides ethereal, almost ungraspable aromas; teasing notes of honeysuckle and Turkish Delight. Delight is right.

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Innocent Bystander:
An experienced vigneron counting over 20 years in the Australian wine industry, Phil Sexton relocated from the warm, coastal region of Margaret River to the gravelly slopes of Victoria’s Yarra Valley in the late 1990s to pursue cool climate viticulture. Beyond the pristine Chardonnay and Pinot Noir he was able to produce in the Valley, Phil discovered a number of vineyards in far flung corners ... Read more
An experienced vigneron counting over 20 years in the Australian wine industry, Phil Sexton relocated from the warm, coastal region of Margaret River to the gravelly slopes of Victoria’s Yarra Valley in the late 1990s to pursue cool climate viticulture. Beyond the pristine Chardonnay and Pinot Noir he was able to produce in the Valley, Phil discovered a number of vineyards in far flung corners of Victoria that inspired him to explore regional diversity in this small state. Thus the Innocent Bystander label was created, and his talented winemaking team tasked with delivering a range of wines with a personality all their own: distinctly regional, varietally expressive and definitely not your run of the mill blends. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Innocent Bystander Shiraz Blend Shiraz Viognier

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065231,032
3.50 5
12/10/2008

Unusually blood red – very violet florality, fairly alcoholic, spice, plum and faint leather. Big, fruit driven entry, nice mid-palate with good acidity and fine tannins support light nuanced pepper and herb notes that enhance the very red tart plum, red licorice fruits. Light and elegant but ends a touch hot 87pts


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Snooth User: solomania9
63312,960
3.50 5
12/09/2008

Smooth yet spicy. Extremely short finish. Complex enough to be enjoyable.


Snooth User: benfowler
2838528
4.00 5
09/19/2007

Full fruit. But not super "high C" fake. Dark cherries, plus, usual suspects. A hint of bacon fat on the nose and in the mouth. cote-rotie but with more fruit and a little less earth.


Snooth User: Mike Po
890990
0.00 5
12/10/2008

This seemed liked it was a bit over the hill. The color was a deep garnet with slightly browned edges. The palate had a nice balance and texture/mouth feel. It had a long finish. There was some white pepper and blueberries. The alcohol was a tad high. Seemed a bit oxidized but still nice. Just surprising it was a 2005. 88/100


Snooth User: GMacKay
2252884
4.00 5
04/09/2010

Dark ruby, bricky rim. Smoked meat nose, hint of garrigue and green plum. Good acidity, soft tannins, bright red fruit with a smoky mineral bite. Quite surprising for an Aussie, not hot or heavy. Rhone like.


Snooth User: GeekyKhan
29578227
4.50 5
09/27/2008

Four and a half glasses



Australia is famous for its big, sweet and jammy shiraz. This is not one of those. This is a style made famous in France's Northern Rhone; it is aromatic, elegantly structured and relaxed, showing white pepper, violets, blueberries and cherries with fine tannins. Just a dash of Viognier provides ethereal, almost ungraspable aromas; teasing notes of honeysuckle and Turkish Delight. Delight is right.

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