Xanadu Margaret River Shiraz

This wine is apart in that it exemplifies a real density of black pastilles and plush, dark berry compote without for an instant compromising its Margaret River signature of honed tannins, gravelly texture and graphite-like finesse. There is a lift of violets and anise, perhaps reflections of whole berry ferment with a portion of viognier. This is one of the more immediately approachable of Margaret River’s A-league reds, with no shortage of medium-term potential. $21 at Wine Box Warehouse.