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    Innocent Bystander Shiraz Viognier 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz - South Australia, Australia

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    Price: $22.99
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 91 Wine Spectator, 90 International Wine Cellar

    Region: South Australia, Australia

    Varietal: Syrah/Shiraz

    Other Info: Screw Cap Wines

    Style: Smooth & Supple

    Item no. 95614

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Not your blockbuster warm-climate Aussie Shiraz, this is a more elegant example reminiscent of violets, pink peppercorns, nutmaeg and caramelized quince and mulberries. The palate is likewise restrained, offering fruit compote with slightly meaty undertones.

    Critical Acclaim:

    Effusively peppery, with tremendous black and white pepper aromas that lace through the vigorous blackberry, currant and floral flavors, finishing with impressive vibrancy and length. Best from 2009 through 2016.

    91 Points
    Wine Spectator

    Saturated ruby. Black raspberry and baking spices on the nose. Tangy, sharply focused red fruit flavors are pinot-like in their vivacity; surprisingly light in body, with impressive mineral lift and cut. Clean and brisk on the finish, leaving behind a refreshing trail of tangy red fruit. Very fresh for a wine based on shiraz.

    90 Points
    International Wine Cellar
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    User Reviews:

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    Chrissyrose (9/25/2010)
    I would buy this wine again, a very nice light and smooth taste
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    Wine Freak (9/22/2010)
    Great wine for under 20 bucks. This has become one of my favorits screw caps. :-) My wife and I enjoy Shiraz and this one has moved to the top of our list.
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    Wine Freak (9/14/2010)
    Great wine for under 20 bucks. This has become one of my favorits screw caps. :-) My wife and I enjoy Shiraz and this one has moved to the top of our list.
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    OregonWineSnob (9/27/2010)
    This is a very smooth wine, be sure to decant all your red wines , we use a device that instantly decants and aeriates the wine. I think shiraz is one of our favorites because it is smooth and no lasting acidic tanins. Similar to merlots that we like.
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    Dr Denbo (9/27/2010)
    I've had plenty of Shiraz, never the finest, mind you, but plenty of good shiraz from Australia, but when I tasted this, I realized I had found something unique. It has a great mouthfeel, and with just a hint of viognier it is nearly perfect. I love this wine!
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    jeff b (9/29/2010)
    Finished off bottle tonight...has become VERY peppery...a little white pepper...loads of black pepper...great fruit...blackberry, raspberry and a hint of lime...vey nice...and the finish lasts a while...for $10...a steal, Enjoy!
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    jeff b (9/28/2010)
    Very smooth, fresh, vibrant and a nice sour cherry flavor profile..interesting...didn't get the typical pepper as with most Shiraz....perhaps will appear tomorrow nite...Certainly a bargain at $10.99 no matter what the flavor profile! Enjoy!
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    Richard Zerr (9/18/2010)
    This wine , like Clancy's, is good year in and year out. Maybe some better than others, but if you open this bottle for dinner with stew, chile or pasta you will find it works very well. Certainly not "Grange", but the price is mch better.
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    Feng (9/26/2010)
    I liked this wine quite a bit, but I downgraded it from 5 to 3 star because the last batch I ordered was very bad. I had ordered it a few times before the last batch of 10 bottles. This last batch is unbearably sour, to the extent it is over my drinkable limit. I called wine.com to explain the problem and they gracefully gave me full credit for the order. Too bad the wine is inconsistent, but Kudo to wine.com's superior customer service. Enjoyed this and have ordered a few times. Pleasant black berry and currant taste. Smooth taste with a pleasant and medium tanning. Well balanced body. Easy drinking. Jim likes it. Beautiful label too, if that ever matters. Solid 90. Will order a few more bottles because price has dropped from 13.99 to 10.99!
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    Lush in Texas (9/28/2010)
    I'm not as enamored as the previous vintages but it shows promise, put it in the cellar for a year

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