Nine Stones, established by wine writer Len Evans, offers several cuvees of shiraz; my favorites are the Hilltops and this one from McLaren Valey. This 2008 is showing pretty well right now.
Deep, dark color. I smell mostly black fruits--blackberry and anise. On the palate there are also some blue plums and a hint of black pepper. McLaren Vale fruit is prized for its supple mid-palate presence, and this trait comes through here. Some tannin but drinks well right now.