Argentinian Shiraz? If it were another maker I might have passed, but Catena is so good that I couldn't resist a taste at the Montreal Salon des Vins (and a few bottles made it home) ...
The nose of the 2005 Catena Shiraz leads with leathery notes, followed by fresh red fruit and dark berry undertones, then some spicy oak. Simple, but oh so nicely structured on the palate, with crisp cherry fruit framed by fine acidity, a modest alcohol level for a New World shiraz. Just a little over the top with the oak, perhaps, but not offensively so - a must buy.
cork. 13.5% alcohol
Price: ~C$20 (SDV)