One of my favourite Australian Shirazes

I like Tim Adams’ wines very much. They are good and he doesn’t charge the earth for them; this cost less than a tenner.

Clare Valley Shiraz 2005, Tim Adams

A very overt, fruity nose. It is loud, but not over-blown. There is a relatively sophisticated wood treatment showing on the nose, it is really quite pleasing. The palate is big and powerful, but taut like a weight-lifter. The tannins are very ripe and give this wine a great structure, which shows off its fruit very well. For a tenner this has a very pleasing degree of complexity. OK, it is a tad on the booze-tastic side, but it doesn’t lack balance and it is great fun.