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Innocent Bystander Shiraz 2010

Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
  • WS87
  • RP87
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Winemaker Notes

Aromas of five spice, campari, orange zest and juniper berries are supported by flavors of wild blackberries and raspberries and dark chocolate notes. The firm, bright tannins and brooding texture balance and carry the fruit through a long, savory finish.

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 restrained, offering fruit compote with slightly meaty undertones. This wine is closer in resemblance to Syrah's from the Rhone Valley in France than the rich and chewy Shiraz's that are more typical in Australia. Enjoy with roasted vegetables, panzanella salad, hearty stews, ribs, steak, and flavorful cheeses. Enjoy now through 2014.

Critical Acclaim

WS 87
Wine Spectator

A smooth, lilting red, offering blueberry and spice flavors that dance through a lively finish. Drink now. 1,000 cases imported.

RP 87
The Wine Advocate

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Syrah is intensely scented of freshly crushed blackberries, cassis and eucalyptus with suggestions of licorice and powdered cinnamon. Medium-bodied, the palate reveals expressive fruit, a medium level of rounded tannins, medium to high / balanced acidity and a long finish.

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Innocent Bystander

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Innocent Bystander, , Australia
Innocent Bystander
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.

PIN310912_2010 Item# 113783

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