Monday, 31 March 2008

Peter Lehmann 'Clancy's' 2004

Peter Lehmann 'Clancy's' 2004
Barossa Valley, South Australia, $99, stelvin seal

Peter Lehmann is a legend within the Australian wine scene and man's whose story is well worth looking up. This one is that classic Australian blend of Shiraz and Cabernet with a little softening Merlot. I popped this bottle and jumped in the bath with the rubber ducks and Haruki Murakami's beautifully surreal and cynical novel Dance, Dance, Dance.

Peter Lehmann 'Clancy's' 2004 is an inky dark red with a big nose; there are aromas of blackberries, raspberries and cola, but it's dominated by a delicious boysenberries. Initially there was a splash of vanilla on the palate, but it quickly became all about dark jammy fruits; plums, blackberries and cassis. It's a soft, integrated wine with a splash of acidity to keep things lively. Simple, but smooth, satisfying and moorish drinkable; Peter Lehmann 'Clancy's' 2004 is a decent drop that offers good easy drinking value.

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Anonymous said...

Enjoying it tonight on a cool evening in Elgin, IL USA. Once I pulled the cork (no stelvin here), the palate gave an initial tobacco hit followed by loads of blueberry in a rich, round, low-tannin mouthfeel. I could imagine some people complaining that it was too soft or almost port-like, but I enjoyed it and by itself. Good value, too.

Andrew said...

Hi, thanks for the comment

Peter Lehmann wines are a real favourite of mine - their Rieslings and Semillons are normally great value and some of their premium reds are outstanding.

'Clancy's' is readily available in HK at very reasonable prices. I'll agree that it perhaps lacks the body and structure to be rated really highly, but it offers plenty of soft fruit, plenty of pleasure and it perfect to drink by itself.

I can't believe that it's still sold under cork in the US. Can I ask what it sells for over there?