Atypical of Aussie Shiraz, this wine was way more subdued than the Cabernet we tried side-by-side form the same winery. A beautiful purple color in the glass, the nose offered blackberry and pepper. Spicy is good, jammy is bad. Made in a more restrained way, this wine was offering dark fruits and a hint of oak along with some asian plums on the palate. Very well integrated tannins and good balance made this easy to drink and I would pair it with steaks, burgers and ravioli. Not a serious wine but certainly a good quaffer. I enjoyed the 2008 Shiraz and had similar reviews. It seems to be a consistent wine year in and out. 88 points on a technical merit and 3 stars for this $19 effort that is widely available. Salut….