Innocent Bystander Shiraz Viognier 2006
Syrah/Shiraz from South Australia, Australia
Not your blockbuster warm-climate Aussie Shiraz, this is a more elegant example reminiscent of violets, pink peppercorns, nutmaeg and caramelized quince and mulberries. The palate is likewise restrained, offering fruit compote with slightly meaty undertones.
Wine Spectator - "Effusively peppery, with tremendous black and white pepper aromas that lace through the vigorous blackberry, currant and floral flavors, finishing with impressive vibrancy and length. Best from 2009 through 2016."
International Wine Cellar - "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 behind a refreshing trail of tangy red fruit. Very fresh for a wine based on shiraz."
Innocent Bystander Winery
The idea behind Innocent Bystander is to produce great value, food friendly wines that are not your run of the mill varietal blends. Taking fruit from various sources in Central Victoria (in particular Sangiovese, Shiraz, Pinot Gris and Viognier) the team at Innocent Bystander is inspired to utilize and showcase the natural qualities of each region in their unique blends.
As a group of winemakers and viticulturalists who eschew the bland direction and market dominance increasingly exerted by the large corporate winemaking groups, the folks behind these wines see themselves as innocent bystanders. They remain accountable to their craft, not shareholders. View all Innocent Bystander Wines
About South AustraliaView a map of South Australia wineries McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley, South Australia produces some of the finest red wines of the country, and some say in the world. White wines gain their reputation from the distinctive Rieslings of Clare Valley.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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11 ratings, 11 with reviewsjeff b - Southampton, PA45/1/2010Finished off bottle tonight...has become VERY peppery...a little white pepper...loads of black pepper...great fruit...blackberry, raspberry and a hint of lime...vey nice...and the finish lasts a while...for $10...a steal, Enjoy!Lush in Texas - Katy, TX33/13/2009I'm not as enamored as the previous vintages but it shows promise, put it in the cellar for a yearjeff b - Southampton, PA44/27/2010Very smooth, fresh, vibrant and a nice sour cherry flavor profile..interesting...didn't get the typical pepper as with most Shiraz....perhaps will appear tomorrow nite...Certainly a bargain at $10.99 no matter what the flavor profile! Enjoy!59/17/2009I've had plenty of Shiraz, never the finest, mind you, but plenty of good shiraz from Australia, but when I tasted this, I realized I had found something unique. It has a great mouthfeel, and with just a hint of viognier it is nearly perfect. I love this wine!OregonWineSnob - Beaverton, OR52/11/2010This is a very smooth wine, be sure to decant all your red wines , we use a device that instantly decants and aeriates the wine. I think shiraz is one of our favorites because it is smooth and no lasting acidic tanins. Similar to merlots that we like.Feng - Washington, DC34/28/2010I liked this wine quite a bit, but I downgraded it from 5 to 3 star because the last batch I ordered was very bad. I had ordered it a few times before the last batch of 10 bottles. This last batch is unbearably sour, to the extent it is over my drinkable limit. I called wine.com to explain the problem and they gracefully gave me full credit for the order. Too bad the wine is inconsistent, but Kudo to wine.com's superior customer service. Enjoyed this and have ordered a few times. Pleasant black berry and currant taste. Smooth taste with a pleasant and medium tanning. Well balanced body. Easy drinking. Jim likes it. Beautiful label too, if that ever matters. Solid 90. Will order a few more bottles because price has dropped from 13.99 to 10.99!54/7/2010I would buy this wine again, a very nice light and smooth tasteBruce - Burr Ridge, IL33/12/2009I bought this wine based solely on the WS rating, which I have found to be consistently reliable. Not this time. Tastes like an amateur wine -- no particular body, harsh tannin, none of the smooth elegance of Viognier or full-fruit character of Shiraz. Very disappointed.Wine Freak - Elmer, NJ53/4/2010Great wine for under 20 bucks. This has become one of my favorits screw caps. :-) My wife and I enjoy Shiraz and this one has moved to the top of our list.Richard Zerr - Saint Charles, MO412/28/2009This wine , like Clancy's, is good year in and year out. Maybe some better than others, but if you open this bottle for dinner with stew, chile or pasta you will find it works very well. Certainly not "Grange", but the price is mch better.Wine Freak - Elmer, NJ53/4/2010Great wine for under 20 bucks. This has become one of my favorits screw caps. :-) My wife and I enjoy Shiraz and this one has moved to the top of our list.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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