Bob’s Pick: Nugan Estate, Single Vineyard, “Scruffy’s Shiraz,” 2015, $13.99

First thing you need to know about this Shiraz is that it is NOT from The Barossa.  Not that The Barossa is a bad place for Shiraz, I love em.  But their tendency there is big big muscular fruit driven Shiraz.  If that’s what you’re used to drinking this one will surprise you.  And it will surprises you by its finesse and depth of character.  Yes there are Shiraz fruits (blackberry, blueberry, dark cherry), but they are warmly cloaked with Provence herbs and briar.  With an alcohol level just above 14% it isn’t over hot or sweet like a higher alcohol wine might be.  This Hunter Valley Shiraz drinks more like a Northern Rhone but at a great price. Enjoy.