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label Peter Lehmann (Australia) Clancy's Red 2000
An old favourite, "repositioned" in the market down from 8.99 to 6.99 since the last vintage. Whilst the wine now seems to have a lighter style, it still offers copious amounts of sweet, jammy fruit and smoky, spicy oak in a very easy to drink format. A blend of Shiraz (38%), Cabernet Sauvignon (37%), Merlot (17%) and a dash of Cabernet Franc (8%), it has an inviting, velvety, mulberry and sweet vanillin nose, which follows on to the palate with mellow, softly-spiced melange of cinnamon, cherries, raspberry and darker nuances of chocolate and damson plum. There is some juicy acidity and a freshening stripe of tannin into the lingering finish. Still lovely stuff, and with the current discount at Sainsbury's, a bit of a bargain. On offer through May in Sainsbury's at £5.99, or 6.99 in Asda and Waitrose.