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For those on a tighter budget, look to the Thomas Hyland Shiraz 2006 ($20) a red made from select parcels of South Australian shiraz in the Adelaide region. The style is dry and peppery with lovely density and richness throughout. The palate is packed with plummy/blueberry/boysenberry fruit you can drink all day. Or seek out Hellbent Shiraz Cabernet 2006 ($17) , a shiraz/cabernet sauvignon blend with plenty of blackberry jam, cola, cassis and liquorice flavours.
Okay, you've got a good list of workhorse reds as long as your arm to get you started. Now fire up the barbecue and enjoy the last few weeks of summer before the 2010 entourage takes over the town.
Anthony Gismondi is a globetrotting wine writer who makes his home in West Vancouver, British Columbia. For more of his thoughts on wine log onto www.gismondionwine.com