I'm always on the lookout for readily available, cheap and cheerful wines which pick up meaningful accolades. One such wine is Taylors Shiraz 2008; a top 10 finalist in the Adelaide Review's Hot 100 of 2009/10.
Enlivened by notes of menthol and eucalypt, it shows rather supressed fruit aromas of dark plums and berries joined by American oak and spice. The palate however, is well textured at this price, presenting a juicy, almost thick expression of generous dark fruit and sweet oak flavours. It finishes with a drying astringency, revealing traces of ultra-ripe fruit and alcoholic warmth.
O To me this exemplifies Taylors Shiraz, it's well made and honest but won't exactly set the world on fire. Drink to 2013.