In today's modern Australian wine market there appears to be growing exposure given to good NSW-based shiraz labels within the $15-$20 price bracket. From various regions names like Mount Pleasant's Philip, Barwang, Printhie and Cumulus' Rolling push this trend, with their affordable wines proving more than capable of matching the value for money offered by their better known South Australian counterparts.
Attractively floral and spicy, Rolling's 2008 Shiraz displays straight forward yet heady aromas of red berries, plums and dried apricots backed by white pepper, clove and older oak. Very soft, approachable and beset with minimal tannins, the bright palate presents itself as full and juicy on entry but thins out down the stretch, finishing with gentle spices and touches of ultra-ripe berry/apricot flavour.
O At its discounted price the 2008 Rolling happily holds its own against other similarly priced Australian shiraz. It's a more than acceptable quaffing style, which would be best drunk with minimal fuss. Drink to 2012.