Chapel Hill The Vicar Shiraz

Tactically released after the more approachable 2010, The Vicar 2009 is a showcase for the inimitable tannin structure of the season, firm, rigid and mouth-embracing, yet ultra fine. Density meets calm control in lifted precision of violets and delightful black plum and black cherry fruit, set against a savoury backdrop of black olives and game. This will be one of the longest-lived Vicars, and one of the best. $53 at Discount Wines.