Friday, November 6, 2020

Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley Syrah, 2017

From the Yarra Valley of Victoria, this wine was billed as even cooler climate than the Leeuwin Estates' Sibling. By using the term "Syrah" rather than "Shiraz," the producer is also identifying with the French rather than the Australian style. I am a great lover of Rhone reds, but I don't see this wine as having much similarity to a Crozes-Hermitage or Saint Joseph.

I find some unattractive aromas that blow away after a few minutes in the glass. Probably reduction odors which will resolve with age. More red than black fruit, flowers and spice. Good acidity but a bit sharp on the finish, at least at this stage. This is not my style of wine.

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