The wine is a vibrant deep purple in color with intense aromas of blackcurrant, violets, dark berries and a hint of chocolate on the nose. Aromas promised on the nose are delivered in a rich, concentrated and well-balanced full-bodied palate. A backbone of sweet oak and long velvety tannins complete the structure and the wine finishes with a silky mouthfeel and excellent length.
"So I'm a sucker for Clare. It's not just how cool and absolutely balanced this wine feels, with nothing heavy or hot as it melts over you, a shower of flavors and deep, refreshing fruit. The wine puts on its performance, fragrant, fresh, saturated with fruit, then it just stands there, lifted and gleaming, center stage, as if to finish by taunting 'I'm in Clare, and you're not.' And as that pure, bright flavor slowly recedes, the only way to get it back is to take another sip, and gain the pleasure of Clare all over again. A masterwork from winemaker Caroline Dunn."
-Wines & Spirits
When I can find wine as well rated and cheap as this one from from 2001, I backed the truck up and loaded up. I served this wine to my wife and friends and everyone enjoyed it as a smooth and well balanced wine, however it was nothing super. If you are looking for a bargain priced, extremely balanced and mellow red, then this is your wine. If you want something that will knock your socks off, keep looking. Hope this helps! -Matt
I recently did a trip to the Barrossa Valley in Australia and tasted some excellent Shiraz. Annie's Lane was a like going down memory lane for me. Great wine and great value.