Take three wines
Bethany G6 Barossa Shiraz 2006 -- sweet and savoury; meaty, leathery notes added by age to the layers of ripe dark fruit, chocolate, mocha, liquorice, spice and mint. Firm and ripe tannins and a wine you could bring anywhere. A good bet at the reduced price. 14pc alc. €12.95 (reduced from €17.39). Available from O'Briens. St Hallett Faith Barossa Shiraz 2008 -- midway in the St Hallet stable of Barossa Shiraz; full-bodied, concentrated and smooth, dominated by a rich core of black chocolate, a juicy fruit cocktail of cherries and blueberries, with ripe tannins and added spiciness from time spent in French oak. 14.5pc. €14.99. Available from Donnybrook Fair and other independent off-licences. Glaetzer Wallace 2007 -- blend of 75pc Shiraz and 25pc Grenache from one of Barossa's best terroirs, Ebenezer. Fleshy and sweet, but not jammy, with dark brambly spice lifted by a raspberry/sweet cherry streak and hints of caramel. A vibrant wine that carries its 14.5pc alc with finesse. This poshed up some Italian meatballs very nicely. €19. Available from Wine Boutique, Ringsend; Sweeneys, Glasnevin; Kennedy's Foodstore, Fairview; 1601, Kinsale; Harvest, Galway; The Mill, Maynooth; Nectar Wines, Sandyford; Claudio's, Newtownmountkennedy; Red Island, Skerries; Martin's, Fairview; Stewart's, Castleknock; On the Grapevine, Dalkey; Searson's, Monkstown; Fahy's, Ballina; Jus de Vine, Portmarnock; Power and Smullen, Lucan; Next Door at Remington's Kimmage.