WHAT: Mitolo Jester Shiraz 2009 (red) Rating: NNN
WHERE: McLaren Vale, Australia
WHY: Ripe fruit and resultant high levels of alcohol can make Aussie reds either persuasive or overwhelming dining companions. With dark, jam-like smells and flavours cut by sharp acidity and warmed by 15 per cent alcohol, this Shiraz is big but not pushy. Jesters, after all, are very good at dealing with power. Pair with venison burgers if you've got 'em, or spicy, saucy Indian beef dishes.
PRICE: 750 ml/$21.95
AVAILABILITY: At most Vintages outlets (product #659607)