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Innocent Bystander Shiraz Blend Shiraz Viognier 2010

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
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Editorial Reviews for Innocent Bystander Shiraz Blend Shiraz Viognier

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,756
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 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


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,756
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 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


Member Reviews for Innocent Bystander Shiraz Blend Shiraz Viognier

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Snooth User: Kristin Watts
8549492,200
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 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.


Snooth User: deconut
100466939
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 07/20/2009

The nose was scary - pepper pepper and more pepper - I prepared myself for a heavy wine with lots of alcohol. What I got was alot of alcohol but smooth as silk and fabulous - the way the nose opens is way to over powering but the taste is incredible - I love love love this wine - under $20 is amazing - more than worth buying and trying - excellent - I have another bottle and 2 2005's - cannot wait to have my wine friends try them - will again report!!


Snooth User: mcnl
28372217
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 10/23/2009

Tons of pepper on the nose, however, one sip and you'll be in heaven - floating in immense fruit and spice. Highly recommended for under $20. Any wine lover will be truly surprised.


Snooth User: jrdixon
20754536
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 06/16/2010

Four glasses


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 12/09/2008

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


Snooth User: benfowler
2838528
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 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
Vintage: 2005 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


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External Reviews for Innocent Bystander Shiraz Blend Shiraz Viognier

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Vintage: 2006 04/28/2010

($20) Saturated ruby. Black raspberry and baking spices on the nose. Tangy, sharply focused red fruit flavors are pinot-like in their vivacity; surprisingly light in body, with impressive mineral lift and cut. Clean and brisk on the finish, leaving b... Stephen Tanzer. A Proprietary Blend wine from Victoria in Australia. 2006 Innocent Bystander Shiraz / Viognier 750ml



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