2004 Innocent Bystander
Innocent Bystander is a contemporary producer of wine who is not afraid of doing things a little differently. Their labels are striking and unique and their wine styles are a side step away from the norm.
I have recently been impressed by their Sangiovese Merlot blend. It is a wine which delivers vibrant fruit flavours, in the sour cherry and blueberry spectrum, yet it has a gentle savoury undercurrent which adds complexity.
The Sangiovese component gives the blend its racy character where as the Merlot adds flesh and depth to the mid palate. The wine had a pleasant dry finish making it an excellent partner to food.
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© Toni Paterson September 2006
Wine Diva Wine of the Month, October 2006