Innocent Bystander, Victoria, Shiraz-Viognier 2006 It’s very neat how you get the ripeness of Shiraz, the black fruits that we love, with the cooler climate marker of black pepper, all in one bottle. This is a great walk down the middle of Syrah/Shiraz paradigms. In the mouth it is soft and ripe with a nice thread of acidity making it food friendly – yes!
The grapes are mostly Shiraz, at 97% with a nod to the grape made famous in Condrieu. The Viognier was co-fermented with the Shiraz grown in the Yarra Valley. 50% of the wine was produced in 1-3 year old French oak for 11 months. Produced in Healesville 14% currently $15.99 at wine.com, a media sample. Visit the cellar door in Healesville, the Healdsburg of Victoria.