Yarra Valley winemakers Innocent Bystander has released its 2022 Shiraz Cienna. Striking in colour, the 80 per cent Shiraz; 20 per cent Cienna blend is flavoursome, juicy and smooth with notes of raspberries, blackcurrants and pepper spice.

Produced to be shared and enjoyed with friends, Innocent Bystander’s Shiraz Cienna is a tasty, sophisticated wine for the cooler months.

Matured for a short time in a combination of French and American oak, the new wine tastes like wild berry compote and sweet Hoisin with soft tannins, making it the perfect accompaniment to dishes like crispy skinned duck with spicy plum sauce and seafood paella as well as quality blue cheeses.

Innocent Bystander winemaker Geoff Alexander says there is real excitement around releasing a wine that has such a unique blend.

“This will be the first time Innocent Bystander has used Cienna grapes, and blending it with Shiraz offers a flavour spectrum, unlike anything we have produced before. In the winemaking process, we have deliberately treated the grapes very softly and carefully to enhance the plush fruit flavours and to avoid any harsh or bitter tannins.”

“The result is a smooth, rich, red wine with velvety cherry and raspberry aromas and a soft finish that will appeal to those who don’t find traditional red wines to their liking,” says Geoff.

Innocent Bystander’s 2022 Shiraz Cienna is vegan-friendly and can be cellared for up to five years.
Place your order here for $20.00 per bottle.