2016 Innocent Bystander Syrah

2016 Innocent Bystander Syrah

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…


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Yarra Valley
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Smells & tastes like:

Smells of
Back pepper, cherries, tar and roses

Tastes like
Cherry compote and mocha, with soft tannins

Goes with:

Rib roast
Spicy pork pizza
Hard cheeses
Good food, good friends and dinners that go on late into the night

Wine making:

Vineyards just outside of Healesville, mostly. Plus some fruit from the upper Yarra that gave it just the right dose of peppery spice.

60% hand-picked Yarra Valley fruit
Cold soak 3 days
Harvested February-March 2016
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 and filtration
Vegan Friendly
Drink now or cellar up to 5 years but why wait?


94 / 100 points - 2019 Halliday Wine Companion, James Halliday
"The colour and name makes it clear this isn’t a full-bodied shiraz, but its distinctly fragrant and spicy red and black cherry fruits speak clearly of the cool climate of the Yarra Valley. The syrah name is appropriate, the juicy mouthfeel; a major plus."

96 points 
James Halliday, June 2018

The Beast, Bondi, by Alex Russell, January 2018
"This is a great little drop"

93/100, Views on the Vines, News Corp, Peter Chapman, December 2017

"Some say shiraz, some say syrah. Nice stylish red with earthy flavours and good spice. Good easy drinking wine from Victoria's Yarra Valley."

95 Points 
Halliday Wine Companion, April 2017

"Serial winner, vintage by vintage, of show awards, this winning gold at the Yarra Valley Wine Show in '16, matured in french oak. It has very good hue and depth, it gets you attention from the first whiff, the first sip. The black fruits have special texture and structure, demanding you take the next mouthful before finishing the first, the tannins also add to both flavour (spicy) and texture (fine, persistent)."

Trophy Best Shiraz and Shiraz Dominant Blend
2016 Yarra Valley Wine Show

Gold Medal
2016 Yarra Valley Wine Show
2016 Perth Royal Wine Show
2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Award
2017 Rutherglen Wine Show

Silver Medal
2016 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
2016 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge
2017 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge

Bronze Medal
2016 Australian Cool Climate Wine Show
2017 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
2017 Royal Melbourne Wine Award
2017 Victorian Wine Show