I don’t drink Shiraz often. I’ve just had many mediocre ones, and its not often I find one that I really enjoy. Nonetheless, I was excited to try this one – Shiraz is a great wine to enjoy on a cold day. This one has a complex, rich nose. Blackberry jam, black pepper, smoke, strawberry, chocolate. Gobs of dark, velvety fruit on the midpalate with some black pepper sprinkled in. The finish can best be described as juicy. A bit of cocoa lingers as well. I paired this with Roaring 40 – an Australian blue cheese – topped with honey and cracked rainbow peppercorns. YUM!