I haven't had an Aussie Shiraz in a long time -- I find their typical jammy, oaky profile tiring and uninteresting. But I remember drinking some structured, earthy Chateau Tahbilk Shirazes in the late 80s and early 90s, so I picked this one up recently for $13.99 (at Winex.com). And, true to form, it's a bit more structured and interesting than the typical jam-fest.
Nearly saturated black ruby color. Needs some time for the nose to develop fully, but when it does it shows ripe blackberry and sweet cassis fruit, and iodine/graphite note and smoky embers. Full bodied and ripe, but not overripe or jammy, it fills the mouth with clingy deep fruit and smoky flavors. It has considerable but soft tannin, and surprisingly good acids. (And the acidity feels natural, as opposed to many Aussie reds, whose acidity seems so at odds with the jammy overripe fruit that it fairly screams "added by the winemaker.") Fairly lengthy, almost refreshing finish. B+/A-. Imported by Epic Wines, Aptos, Cal. This wine would go well with a wide range of meat and red-sauced pasta dishes.