Any of the following wines will be very good too:
2008 Howard Park Leston Cabernet Sauvignon - $29.95 : Big cab from Western Australia. Expect subtlety smokiness and tobacco notes - more old world in style than your typical Oz cabs.
2006 Tahbilk Nagambie Lakes Shiraz - $19.95 : A four point swing between scores in the WS and RP, but worst case, its a really good wine at the price. Best case? A screaming bargain!
2008 Wakefield Cabernet Sauvignon - $17.95 – Quality for the price.
2008 Jim Barry 'The Cover Drive' Cabernet Sauvignon - $23.95 : Always really good. Past bottles have needed some time to settle in before being opened. Not long mind you but a few months in a dark quiet place rounded them out nicely.
2008 Tyrrell's Heathcote Rufus Stone Shiraz - $19.95 : Annually a well priced ready to drink and easy drinking big wine.
2008 Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz - $21.95 : Halliday gives it 93, take it as a 90.
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2008 Firriato Etna Rosso - $16.95 : A Sicilian red that is not Nero D’Avola. Well priced and something a little different from the volcanic soils of Mount Etna.
2008 Terredora Aglianico - $14.95 : Aglianico can be terrific – big, juicy, mouth filling licorice-y scents and flavours.
2006 Leone de Castris Riserva Salice Salentino - $16.95 : 50th Anniversary of this should be super.
Rustenberg John X Merriman 2007 $27.95. – Great producer and a great region. If you liked the Chocolate Block, this’ll be more of the same. Perhaps more Bordeaux in style
1995 Don Jacopo Gran Reserva – Yes, 1995! And Yes, $27.95.
2006 Casa Gualda Plus Ultra - $13.95 : A Big powerful wine for such a little price.