i tried this shiraz recently with the comely brunette. we were enjoying some italian food and needed a wine to stand up to the spicing of the food. this worked quite well. the nose was bramble fruits of blackberry and raspberry with black pepper and a little clove. on the palate, a nice burst of fruit with flavors of blackberry and black pepper. i got some anise and more of the clove in the finish. very interesting and complex wine. sells for about $22. try it with italian food or a nice steak or hearty stew.