Penfolds Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz 2008. RRP $49.99
Being a huge believer in the mantra ‘‘buy Kiwi made’’, it almost pains me to sing the praises of an Aussie import, but I must endure. This stuff is truly top shelf and worth every penny. It was harvested from vines in the Marananga district of the Barossa Valley and aged in American and French oak. It oozes cherries, chocolate and coffee wrapped around firm tannins. If you’re of strong character you’ll fight the temptation and let it sit longer. It’s only going to get better!