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Peter Lehmann (Aus) Barossa Shiraz 2002
The Peter lehmann name on a bottle of wine is more or less a guarantee of a truly enjoyable and good value drop of wine. This perfect example is a strapping, powerful red from a phenomenal vintage, yet it is layered and multi-dimensional from ageing in a combination of French and American oak, and a balanced style that will repay cellaring. The nose is pure blackcurrant: if you are one of those wine drinkers that finds it hard to pin down aromas, try this one for size. That thick layering of blackcurrant is backed up by a subtle fudge-like quality and a lick of spice. On the palate that black fruit washes over the tongue in a dense sweep of dusty, ripe, sweet-edged flavour, with a kick of briary, spicy tannin underpinning and a juicy cherry skin acidity adding grip. What a lovely wine this is, being both ripe and sumptuous, yet at the same time balanced and quite complex. Enjoy now or any time in the next five to eight years.
7.99 Oddbins, Asda, Booths, Morrisons, Tesco, Waitrose.