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Lead capsule covered in black paint which flaked off in a very annoying manner as the capsule was being removed. Clear mid-green glass, quite easy to see through. The bottle had a high fill, but was showing sone sign of seepage even though the cork appeared very sound. The cork was branded "Sandeman 1967 vintage port". The wine decanted very cleanly off a small volume of very thick and heavy sediment. A beautiful, deep ruby colour, crystal clear and very attractive. A wonderful nose, full of fruit - that typical dusty and sweet redcurrant and blood orange that is so characteristic of a middle aged Sandeman. Quite thick and rich in texture, very velvety. The flavours are rich and sweet, with the blood orange acidity giving a lovely structure as the ripe red fruit unwrap slowly. The tannins are just discernable, but are basically fully resolved. Lovely development. Ripe and sweet orange aftertaste, which is big and rich and lasts a long time. A delicious wine from an overlooked vintage, worth seeking out for excellent current drinking. 92/100. Drunk 14 July 2009.
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