PHI Syrah Grenache Mourvedre, Heathcote 2012 $25
Made by De Bortoli, who like using stalks in their fermentations, resulting in complex foresty aromas and flavours. This one is quite exotic, ripely opulent and silky, with power, persistence and delicious drinkability. There are vegetal as well as dark-fruit nuances. (Screwcap; 14 per cent alcohol). Score: 93 ★★★★½ – view on huonhooke.com
Aging: drink now to 17 years.
Food: Hearty beef casserole.
Stockists: City Cellars, Lime St, Sydney; Lord Nelson Tavern, Geelong; www.wineonline.com.au