This cool climate Shiraz from the mountain slopes near Ararat in eastern Victoria (Australia) was a good companion to the St. Hugo Coonawarra Cab reported on below.
I remember this wine as being very peppery in its youth, but that quality has integrated into the overall personality of the wine. Coffee, oak, dark berries, lavender and spice. Very much like a Paul Jaboulet Hermitage from the 1980s, although with a bit more oak. Smooth on the palate, although not as much so as the St. Hugo Cab. Gets deeper and more complex through the meal. Savory flavors, deep and compact. Fruit well balanced against acidity. Good stuff that lingers. Very enjoyable.
Alcohol level is 12.5%; how times have changed!