A week ago I tried a 2008 McWilliam's syrah from southeastern Australia; it ran me in the $10 range.
This wine wasn't bad, though I still can't say I've found a syrah/shiraz that really bowled me over. The McWilliams seemed a little sweeter than some. The label claims the usual plum and raspberry notes, with vanilla from French oak. This would be good with ribs.