I keep telling folks to seek out wines from Western Australia. Try enough of them and it's like discovering a whole new country--the distance from the big producers of South Australia to the small coastal region of Western Australia is 2000km (1200 miles), about the distance between Los Angeles and Dallas. Or to put it in European terms, it's the distance between the cool northern wine regions of Germany down to the hot islands of Greece.
For instance, yesterday I tried the 2009 Xavier Flouret Waroo Shiraz from Pemberton, Western Australia, enclosed with a convenient screwcap. $18, 14% abv. Blackberry jam, touch of cinnamon, brambles, tea, big firm tannins. It has a long, lingering full-fruit flavor, and would pair well with grilled lamb or goat, but keep it in mind if you make some really intense burgers where you grind up some beef, pork, and venison and top them with a little dry blue cheese and slide them under the broiler just long enough to barely brown the cheese crumbles before placing the whole thing on a toasted brioche roll with some wilted radicchio... Sorry, got off on a food daydream there.
This wine is made under contract by Fonty's Pool Wines in Western Australia. When I saw that name, for some reason I thought it might be some sort of obscure Aussie reference that I might have to explain, which would of course first require me to try and decipher the rules of cricket for the dozenth time, or perhaps try to dig up my old research on wombats. But it turns out that Fonty's Pool is actually a place where you go swimming, built by an Italian immigrant farmer (Archimede "Archie" Fontanini) who dammed up the river and created a fun recreational reservoir in 1925.
Note: This wine was received as a sample.