Zora, in her wonderful post "Shanks for the Memories," presents a delicious sounding recipe for marinated lamb shanks that had me salivating at 9:30 in the morning. At the end she suggests serving these savory bits of heaven with a good Australian Shiraz. That wine recommendation reminded me of something I'd read recently by Randall Graham, the much respected founder and winemaker at Bonny Doon Winery. I hate to provide a summary of something I read a couple months ago, but I believe he wrote that Australian Shirazes tended to be one dimensional fruity wines without much character. Now, truth be told, I've never purchased or drunk an expensive Aussie shiraz, but his characterization seems to me to be a pretty accurate description of the shirazes that I've drunk that are in my price range.
Are there truly good Australian Shirazes? Are any of them affordable?