Mount Trio Porongurup Shiraz 2014 $22
The Porongurup range, a half-hour drive north of Albany, Western Australia, provides slightly cooler growing conditions than low-lying areas in the vicinity – though both share the tug of war between hot continental air and cooler sea air to the south. The cooler conditions produce another subtle shade of wine flavours for the vast Great Southern region. Although Mount Trio shiraz weighs in at a hefty 14.5 per cent alcohol, it's lively and fresh, laden with ripe-berry flavours and not as heavy on the palate as the alcohol level suggests. Bright fruit, smooth texture and soft tannins make for easy current drinking.