2008 Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz, Australia, $15-$19

The Patchwork Shiraz, from the infamous Barossa Valley, gets its name from the way in which it is produced – from a patchwork of carefully selected, high quality soils, aspects, microclimates and cultures.  The wine is dense black purpley red in colour with an aroma exhibiting a mix of fresh briary almost blackcurrant tones, balanced with violets and dark plums, finishing with an earthy, savoury complexity. The palate is full bodied demonstrating Barossa Valley hallmarks of richness, density and concentration. Silky fruit complexity is the key here with both red and dark jubey flavours. The palate finishes with fine, earthy tannins. Try with a rare rib eye steak.  Can drink now or age for 3-5 years.  For more information, visit Yalumba.