The 2006 Pindarie Shiraz from South Australia’s Barossa Valley is the wine of the week in today’s SMH.

“Former Penfolds viticulturist Wendy Allan and a sixth-generation South Australian farmer, Tony Brooks, have a vineyard in the Barossa Valley which produces two very good, inexpensive reds (the other is Bar Rossa Tempranillo Sangiovese Shiraz).

This shiraz has a dense dark colour and concentrated bouquet of blackberry, like a boiled-down essence of shiraz. It’s a big and rich, sweet in fruit and with generous, layered tannins all served in a velvety, textured mouthful. Decadent, juicy stuff, 14.5 per cent alcohol and remarkable value.

Drink now or cellar to 2016″

Food suggestions: braised meats and casseroles, osso bucco, all hard cheese and most soft, white-mold cheeses such as Red Square.