Also recommended: 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia (86). (American Estates Wines, Philadelphia, PA)

2005 9 Mile Road Shiraz South Australia

($15) Dark violet. Blackberry, cassis, plum, graphite and woodsmoke aromas display good vibrancy and precision. Firm cherry and dark berry flavors are subtly accented by vanilla and baking spices, with dusty tannins lending a slight sternness. Candied plum notes sweeten the spicy finish.

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