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
Innocent Bystander Shiraz Viognier 2005
Syrah/Shiraz from South Australia, Australia
Nose: Asian spices accented by nutmeg, star anise, sweet plums with a hint of earth.
Palate: Medium body with a velvety mouth feel. The palate displays plums, white pepper, dark fruits and blueberries. A chewy but not tannic finish.
Food Pairings: Stuffed mushrooms with goat cheese, butternut squash risotto, wood-fired pizza with prosciutto, stir-fried Chinese noodles with roast pork.
"This may only be a medium-bodied red, but it crackles with the exciting flavors of the northern Rhône, marrying freshly cracked peppercorns with a hint of meatiness and bright blueberry fruit."
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.Like 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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6 ratings, 6 with reviewsVic F. - Brooklyn, NY44/25/2008Let it breathe for ~ 30 minutes and what you get is exceptional fruit forward enjoyment. Buy a case!JKUZZ - Nutley, NJ27/23/2008Maybe I should've let it breath, per the other reviewer (should've read that first). Anyway, maybe I would try it that way. I didn't care for it.Clixby Ann - Wimberley, TX22/14/2009This was one of those wines that you could sample at a tasting, like, purchase, bring home and discover that (like mall food) that it was better left as a sample. After the bottle was allowed to breathe, it had a nice blend of fruit and was very slightly dry. By the end of the first glass though, sharp tannins became more noticeable and undesirable, which carried through the entire second glass. (We share a bottle around here, so two glasses each, and both consumers found the same result.)Lush in Texas - Katy, TX42/7/2009Delightful, drinkable, great valuegwendolyn - Oakland, CA410/24/2008A medium-bodied red, with those Australian notes of blueberry jam, but backed by really good spice and structure. The viognier adds a wonderful aromatic kick.Bob Corcoran - Medford, MA46/2/2010Opens quickly decanted - medium bodied, pepper and plum flavors abound - has an earthy feel and chewy finish - great nose, taste and structure. Highly recommended!
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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