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Innocent Bystander

2017 Syrah


8 Awards/Critics’ Notes
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And yes, that’s French for Shiraz. Basically its name is a reference to the wine’s style. More perfumed, smooth and sophisticated than a full-on fruit bomb. More earthy white pepper than hardcore spice. But you know what? Que sera sera, syrah.

Region: Yarra Valley

Alc/Vol: 13.5%

Smells like: White pepper, red currant and rasberry

Tastes like: Cherry compote, loganberry, spice and soft tannins

Goes with: Rib eye roast, spicy pork pizza, hard cheeses, good food, good friends and dinners that go on late into the night


Wine making: Compressed vintage due to long periods of perfect ripening conditions leads to a supple savoury fruit-driven Syrah, with the right dose of peppery spice.

  • 40% hand-picked Yarra Valley fruit
  • Cold soak 10 days
  • Harvested March-April 2017
  • 30% whole bunches used to bring the perfume of the fruit
  • Matured for 9 months in French oak, with natural malolactic fermentation occurring
  • Zero fining
  • Vegan Friendly
  • Drink now or cellar up to 5 years but why wait?


5 Awards

  1. 2019 Victorian Wine Show


  2. 2019 Royal Adelaide Wine Show


  3. 2019 Rutherglen Wine Show


  4. 2019 International Wine Challenge


  5. 2019 Langtons Yarra Valley Wine Show


Critics’ tasting notes

  1. “A deliciously harmonious, fruit driven shiraz. Dark plum and lightly spicy aromas lead through a palate of easy texture and good length. So drinkable that a bottle can disappear with unseemly haste, so beware!”

    Ralph Kyte-Powell – The Age 28/08/2019

  2. “Bright raspberry, cherry and black cherries with a vibrant, slightly leafy palate.”


    International Wine Challenge 2019 08/05/2019

  3. “I am a bona fide fan of this wine and it has featured in previous editions of 100 Best. This is because it is one of the juiciest and most lustrous of the ‘lightweight’ syrah brigade. This is a style of wine which few people have experienced but I know that legions of wine lovers will adore its flavour stance on their palate. Char and earth notes puncture the plummy core, but this is not a slow-moving, ponderous wine. Far from it, this is a plush number with a slippery texture and it bounces along gleefully across the palate, urging you to take another sip. While I love wines which are designed to swirl and contemplate, and there are many in this tome, this is a wine for drinking at speed with good mates and food you eat with your hand!”  

    Matthew Jukes - Top 100 Australian Wines 22/03/2019

Delivery Information


Zone (defined by postcode) Fastway AusPost
Melbourne/Yarra Valley $16.00 $12.00
Albury/NE Victoria $12.00 $15.00
Sydney, ACT $12.00 $20.00
NSW, VIC Country $16.00 $22.00
Adelaide, Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast $16.00 $16.00
QLD Country $16.00 $28.00
Tasmania, Perth $25.00 $30.00
SA Country $30.00 $30.00
NT, Country WA $59.00 $36.00

Delivery ETA: 3 to 10 business days pending postcodes

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