We confess we bought this ($12.50) Little Penguin Shiraz to cook with, but of course we tasted it, too. It's very fruit forward, with lots of prunes and plums jazzed up with good shirazzy spicinesss--black pepper and maybe cloves. So, better than we might have expected for the price, but still a bit too soda-poppish for our taste. Our favorite Australian Shiraz, which alas we can rarely get, is (the much more expensive) Barossa Valley Estate E&E Black Pepper Shiraz, still or sparkling.
See the next entry on the Wyndham Estate Bin 555 Shiraz...we tasted it side by side with this one.