This is another widely available Australian Shiraz that has won Tasters' Guild gold medals at the $8 to $12 price level. The Southeastern Australia appellation indicates that the grapes come from a high production area that provides most of the material for Australian wines in this price bracket.
This 2005 is a deep, dark ruby with a typically big Shiraz nose--plummy, spicy with some American oak-influenced vanilla and dill. There are some slightly rough tannins on the mid-palate along with plummy fruit and then dark berry flavors on the finish. On the second night, the rough tannins are mostly gone, indicating that the wine might benefit from some aeration. I've been told of a device that fits on the neck of a bottle and aerates as it pours. I think such a device would be ideal for wines of this type.