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Innocent Bystander Shiraz Blend Shiraz Viognier 2007

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Floral and intense on the nose with a touch of reduction highlighting an asphalt undertone. Plenty of smoky oak, white pepper and violet notes add complexity. Soft and full on entry, a spine of acid does perk up on the mid-palate. There is ore reduction evident on the palate here, but some air helps to clear it up, revealing finely rendered blackberry fruit wrapped in a oak and supported by bright floral and pink peppercorn tones. The blackberry fruit pops on the back end and works in tandem with the subtle oak treatment on the moderately long finish. 90 pts

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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
89065217,192
4.00 5
02/13/2012

Floral and intense on the nose with a touch of reduction highlighting an asphalt undertone. Plenty of smoky oak, white pepper and violet notes add complexity. Soft and full on entry, a spine of acid does perk up on the mid-palate. There is ore reduction evident on the palate here, but some air helps to clear it up, revealing finely rendered blackberry fruit wrapped in a oak and supported by bright floral and pink peppercorn tones. The blackberry fruit pops on the back end and works in tandem with the subtle oak treatment on the moderately long finish. 90 pts


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Snooth User: Kristin Watts
8549492,200
4.00 5
02/12/2012

Lilac, violet and graceful floral aromas of Viognier intermix beautifully with the heavy, black fruit from the Shiraz. A bit of savoriness makes this wine deep and complex - soft and smooth on the palette, yet finishing with a spicy kick of raspberry spice.



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