Tom Cannavan's   

Trentham (Australia) Murphy's Shiraz 2001
I've been really impressed by Trentham's wines over the past few years, from their gorgeous Noble Taminga dessert wine, to their wonderfully full-on, buttery estate Chardonnay, which tastes like it costs a fiver more than it actually does. And this is another beauty of a wine representing fantastic value - especially with the exclusive offer for wine-pages visitors (below). The nose is deep, soft, and solidly packed with damson plums and pepper. There's a background of tobacco and woodsmoke, leading on to a palate brimming with mulberry and plum and hints of chocolate and cedar. Acidity is quite generous and reined-back, but there's a spine of tannin that gives this backbone. A fabulous wine that punches way above its weight.