TAYLORS 2012 JARAMAN SHIRAZ $ 30 Clare Valley/ McLaren Vale, SA
14.5 per cent Deep black/ purple colour followed by a powerful, fruit- sweet nose and a full- bodied palate showing opulent blackberry and vanilla flavours with touches of mint and hints of spice, some savoury tannins emerging towards the end to dry up the finish. CHAPEL HILL 2011 SHIRAZ $ 30
McLaren Vale, SA
14.5 per cent A more aromatic, less fruit- forward and a drier style than the Taylors, with good, firm tannins and French rather than American oak providing good, savoury support and balance to the mid- weight, plum- accented palate. MOUNT LANGI GHIRAN 2010 CLIFF EDGE SHIRAZ $ 30
13.5 per cent An understated, mediumbodied and elegantly balanced wine with dusty/ earthy aromas and a nicely mature, soft and rounded, cherry plum palate, providing a satisfying, food- friendly, drink- now proposition. BROWN BROTHERS 2008 PATRICIA SHIRAZ $ 56
Multi- regional, Vic
14.5 per cent Still a bright and youthful purple/ black with dollops of sweet American oak and peppery spice on the nose followed by a big, smoothly textured and almost syrupy-fruited palate, destined for a long life or perfect during our recent icy weather with a slab of beef.