Full-bodied, this is a wine packed with all of the characteristics you would expect from Shiraz. Deep ruby red in colour with purple hues, the palate delivers spicy, rich black fruit flavours with a savoury, slightly peppery backbone. The finish is long, juicy and smooth. A real mouthful.
The Murray Darling is the second largest wine region in Australia and the name of two rivers (the Murray and the Darling) which converge in the Murray Darling Basin in New South Wales. Until the 1880's, the region was a dessert, then irrigation opened up the area to agriculture with vines being particularly suited to the climate. Because of its hot climate and limestone terrain, both of which are very similar to the Rhône valley, it is particularly well-suited to Shiraz (called Syrah in France) and other big-flavoured varieties such as Viognier.
Spee'Wah is a mythical station in Australia (i.e. a property or workplace) which features in folk tales told by Australian bushmen. The name Crooked Mick, given to Spee'Wah's excellent Pinot Grigio, is also a mythical figure endowed with special powers and strength in Australian folklore.
As you would expect of a wine like this, it's a great match for steaks, duck and other red meats. It works well with rich tomato dishes and casseroles, such as fabada and cassoulet too. It also compliments hard mature and fuller flavoured French cheeses such as Morbier and ripe Camembert.