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Innocent Bystander Syrah

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Could you be an innocent bystander as this cool climate Syrah is poured within your reach? This is seriously drinkable Syrah from the Yarra Valley that delivers varietal flavour as well as individual flair. It’s made in the old world style so if you want big and jammy don’t purchase this as it’s subtle and elegant. There’s a touch of Viognier in the blend but it’s the savoury fruit intensity that you’ll notice the most. Generously packed with aromas of pepper, violets and blueberries as well as hints of Turkish delight. It’s the fine, ripe tannins that deliver with some well integrated oak and a long finish that suggest this would be great with steak and kidney pie.

Winemaker's Notes

This new release Syrah is the much anticipated follow up to the Gold Medal winner at the 2015 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards and Trophy winner for 'Best Shiraz' at the 2015 Yarra Valley Wine Show.

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Innocent Bystander Syrah

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Yarra Valley Wine Show (2015 Vintage) says
97
The Wine Front (2013 Vintage) says
Red and black fruits, pepper, stalky whole bunch perfume, subtle vanilla perfume. Medium bodied, chalky and meaty with excellent depth and texture, spice and blueberry, not oaky, not sweet, not trying too hard, but super complexity and interest at the price. A wine of integrity and class. Finish is pretty long with layers of spice and sweet grilled meat. Could maybe go 93 points, even.
The Wine Front
92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2013 Vintage) says
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Syrah offers a moderate intensity of red and black plum aromas with hints of black pepper, aniseed and Mediterranean herbs. Medium-bodied, it leads with firm, somewhat astringent tannins that render the fruit a little lean, finishing tannic and savory. This is a pleasant alternative to fruit forward Shiraz, but you need to be able to enjoy wines of restraint with a bit of "chew.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
Ray Jordan (2012 Vintage) says
"On a recent trip to the Yarra Valley it was the quality of shiraz like this rocking good wine that really surprised me. This one comes from a number of different vineyards and shows remarkable depth and fleshiness while holding an elegant and supple line to the finish. The wine got a lot of hand winemaking treatment and I'm sure this has contributed to the overall texture and fruit expression. A great alternative to the bolder shiraz of other regions".

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