Wine: Baileys 1920's Block Shiraz Grape: Shiraz Region: Glenrowan, North East Victoria, Australia Vintage: 1995 There are some fabulous shiraz wines being produced in Australia at present. The best known and by far the most expensive is the Penfold's Grange. However, it has now become too expensive for all but the most dedicated wine lovers. At more modest prices are many truly excellent shiraz wines. The Baileys 1920s Block Shiraz is made exclusively from fruit picked from vines planted in 1920, as a celebration of 50 years of winemaking tradition at Baileys. The old vines produce only a few, small bunches of intensely flavoured fruit. The fruit for the wine is hand-harvested. The juice is then warm-fermented on skins in potter fermenters before being matured in a combination of new and one-year-old French and American oak barriques over a period of 12 months. The wine has a dense and dark garnet and the nose offers intense aromas of ripe berries and spice. On the palate, there are concentrated flavours of berries and spice and ample tannins. This is a full-bodied and robust wine that will repay long-term cellaring. The wine is an excellent accompaniment to richly flavoured red meat dishes. Where To Buy: Direct from the importer Fine Vintage (tel: 2896-6108) at a reasonable retail price of $118 per bottle.