I don't buy many Aussie Shirazes, and I've had way too many oaky, liquid jam-jars, but this one was billed as a leaner, more minerally exhibition of the grape, and it actually is. It's quite nice. Still identifiably Aussie, but stripped down.
Impenetrable black ruby, with a violet tinge. Loads of liquid, slightly saline dark minerals, cedar, and blackberry and cassis skins on the nose. Bone dry, dark blackberry extract and a clingy, iodiney streak in the mouth initially. Loads of soft tannin then announces itself, and the lean, concentrated flavor profile grows slightly riper and sweeter on the back end. Full-bodied, but not nearly overbearingly huge like some of its Aussie cousins. The finish is very long and linear. There is a lot going on in this wine. Really fine. A-. Was $14.99 from WTSO.com, making it a very good value. Would be outstanding with a juicy, grilled prime porterhouse. Imported by Precept Wine, Seattle, WA.