The nose hints of Rhone, rather than Oz, with aromas of grilled meat and olives complementing blackberries dusted with graphite. On the palate, blackberries, the smoky charred end of prime rib, olives, pepper, and the tiniest hint of vanilla all show on a multi-layered palate that adds high-toned tart red fruits on the mid-palate and ends with a lingering meaty finish with tart hints around the edges. Tannins are fine but full, acids match. This is a dark, rich, food-friendly wine, a doppelganger for a Northern Rhone. Drink with braised short ribs. Highly Recommended (92-94). DH.
WHO: Eden Road
WHERE: Hilltops, New South Wales, Australia
HOW MUCH: $23 (media sample)