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Buckingham Estate (Australia) 'Crown Duals' Cabernet-Petit Verdot 2005
UK-based Buckingham Vintners have created this label with a mission statement: "we are combining the best elements of 'Old and New World' wines", and on this evidence they are doing a very nice job at a rock-bottom price. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petiti Verdot from Southeastern Autralia, the wine has a soft, enveloping nose of mulberry and spice, with clove and cinammon, and lots of autumnal berry warmth. On the palate it is medium-bodied, and although that raft of spicy, mulled wine and rich berry fruit continues, there is a juicy, brighter quality too, with a bit of cut to the wine through the mid-palate, with gentle tannins and decent acidity. The finish allows the smoky, spicy character to dominate again, but the overall effect is of an easy-drinking, fruity wine, but one with a bit of light and shade to it. 4.99, Morrisons.