2010 Wynns Michael Shiraz

Ralph Kyte-Powell
Variety Shiraz
WINERY Wynns Coonawarra Estate
RRP 145

Once an essay in American oak, Michael now epitomises the power/elegance crossover possible in good Coonawarra shiraz. Deep and dark, it has tangy plum, berry jam and mocha-like oak aromas, and a sustained, seamless, middleweight palate finished in ripe, fine, tannins. (Screw cap; 13.5 per cent alcohol.)

Ageing? Yes, two to 15 years.
Food ideas Roast racks of lamb; char-grilled steaks.