Innocent Bystander Shiraz Blend Shiraz Viognier 2005
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.
Editorial Reviews for Innocent Bystander Shiraz Blend Shiraz Viognier
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
Smooth yet spicy. Extremely short finish. Complex enough to be enjoyable.
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.
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
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.
Four and a half glasses