This goes for about fifteen bucks retail and previous vintages have been outstanding. Let's see how the 2006 does.
Mocha and plum on the nose.
If you want a beautifully made Shiraz, this is it. Coffee, chocolate, plum, black cherry, blueberry, a dash of root beer concentrate - big, fruity, not much for tannins, but acid is present, a bit of earth and spice give it nice balance. Mid palate brings strawberry and vanilla.
A soda like finish - root beer and cola notes - brown spices as well.
If you are firmly against fruit bombs, this may not sway you but it's still worth trying. It's well made, has very nice depth, and best of all, an obscene value.