Color: Deep, inky red. Nearly purple
Nose: Definite fruits, such as cherry, and a lingering sweet smell not unreminiscent of grape soda. Underlying earth, pepper and spice scents create a full wine experience.
Palate: Big, bold wine. Some alcohol heat, but a solid structure with well-formed tannins and strong fruit flavors. This wine isn't for the timid, but it's perfectly drinkable and not nearly as bold as some old-vine zin I've had in the same price range.
Finish: The tannins sweep the mouth but leave a slight, lingering fruit that really activates the salivary glands and leaves you wanting another sip or another bite.
This was a fine food wine that could be paired with a wide rang of dishes from grilled or roasted chicken to seared salmon and even some steaks. If your meal is incredibly rich, I'd suggest going for something with a more solid structure, though the 2005 Paringa Shiraz's lithe mouth feel and strong tannins should not be overlooked. And it's considerably better than many other wines in its price range.