Chocolatey, rich and smooth. Very much like a California Cabernet. Loved it! Let it stand for a minute before pouring, and use a filter, as there is a fair amount of sediment in the bottle (at least, there was in mine).
I'm not an expert on Shiraz but this wine is amazing! I would rate it higher than its' current point score. It is smooth, great body, and a delight to the palate.