I don't know where people claim bitter, but I thought it was well balanced with a hint of smoke. Hey, if you don't want to trust my palate, it's not like you're taking a big chance with a ten buck Shiraz, anyway. I like this even better than the $10 Penfolds Shiraz/Cabernets.
Great wine. will add to favorites.
Excellent Shiraz; can not be beaten for the price. I bought a case of highly rated (92+) reds under $20 and this one was one of my best finds so far.