Innocent Bystander Shiraz Viognier 2007
Syrah/Shiraz from South Australia, Australia
Not your blockbuster warm-climate Aussie Shiraz, this is a more elegant example reminiscent of violets, pink peppercorns, nutmeg and caramelized quince and mulberries. The palate is likewise restrained, offering fruit compote with slightly meaty undertones. 94% Shiraz and 6% Viognier. Viognier rounds out the Shiraz and adds lovely aromatics and floral characteristics.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Shiraz-Viognier (6%) is opaque purple-colored with a spicy perfume of lavender, incense, bacon, and blueberry. Round, ripe, and easy-going on the palate, it can be enjoyed over the next 5-6 years. "
International Wine Cellar - "Deep ruby. Smoky black raspberry, mocha and dried violet on the nose, along with a mineral hint. Sweet, concentrated and youthfully firm, with sexy red and blackberry flavors supported by good balancing acidity. The finish repeats the dark berry and mineral notes and clings with very good spicy persistence. This should be great with food. "
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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