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Penfolds (Australia) Bin 35 Rawson's Retreat 2000
The wines of Penfolds are so ubiquitous that it is sometimes easy to forget just how good they are across a broad range of price levels. The Rawson's Retreat Bin 35 blends Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Ruby Cabernet in a deeply-coloured, full-on, spice, plum and tobacco drenched wine that presents itself like crushed velvet. On the palate it is generous and full of earthy plum and berry fruit, warm and darkly luxurious, with sweet tannins and soft acidity running into a long, easy-going finish. A prime example of why Aussie reds are such big favourites and a wine to enjoy now, though this will cellar for a few years.
On offer at two for £10 in Bottoms Up/Wine Rack until March 25th, though also in Majestic, Everywine.co.uk, Oddbins, Virginwines.com and very widely available at £5.99.