GRANT BURGE 2010 SHIRAZ $ 19
Barossa Valley, SA
14.0 per cent www.grantburgewines.com. au Deep crimson with a nose and smooth, mid- weight palate of ripe plum and blackberries supported by subtle vanillan oak in an enjoyable and undemanding, easydrinking style.
CAPE MENTELLE 2011 SHIRAZ $ 40
Margaret River, WA
13.5 per cent www.capementelle.com.au A lighter- coloured and more elegant, savoury style than the Burge with peppery, smoky notes, dark- cherry fruit and dried herb flavours closing out with fine, savoury tannins.
OAKVALE 2011 LIMITED RELEASE RESERVE SHIRAZ $ 70
Hunter Valley, NSW
13.4 per cent www.oakvalewines.com.au Initial sweet, almost confectionary fruit gives way to a drier, earthy mid- palate savouriness before the fruitiness of a raspberry jujube- like finish. Needs food and time.
HEWITSON THE MAD HATTER 2010 SHIRAZ $ 70
McLaren Vale, SA
14.5 per cent www.hewitson.com.au Big nose, big maraschino cherry and dark chocolate flavours on a balanced and velvety, medium- to- full- bodied palate finishing long, firm and pleasingly dry.