Let me preface with a Happy New Year! This is the wine that started our evening off. Being a celebration, we went large with some gems including this Shiraz from Australia. Nearly black in the glass, I had a feeling we were in for a treat. The nose was somewhat subdued in the first glass, the second one having been given a good ‘Mollydooker Shake‘. This unique aeration method allows the aromas to explode and the fruit to unfurl. The nose was plummy and had a bit of pepper and a touch of alcohol. On the palate, creamy blueberry pie and black cherry. This wine is big and full on, with additional notes of mocha and a floral touch on the back end. Very smooth tannins and a juicy acidity were slightly overshadowed by the whopping 16% alcohol. A very enjoyable wine, with good cellaring potential. WS gave it 92, RP gave it 91 and I am going with 90. $40 lets you in on this unique Shiraz and I am going with 4 stars. Salut….