this australian had a nose of blackberry, pepper, leather, and black cherry. the taste was spicy, smokey, leathery and tasted of black and red fruits. only problem was i think it really wasn't ready yet. this comes from a major producer known for their big, beautiful shiraz, so i will expect that with time in the bottle this one will get much better. it was very tight, even after decanting for an hour. way too tannic and green at this point. fortunately, i have a second bottle which i will revisit after at least another year, maybe longer. based on how tight this wine was, i am guessing i could lay this down for at least 4 years and then this wine would live up to the big nose that it displayed. priced at about $27, i would get a bottle of this and lay it for a special occasion and enjoy it with a good filet dinner.