Tasting Notes for groper1234

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9/24/2014 - groper1234 Likes this wine:
92 points
Third bottle,
This is already evolving in a very positive way. I now think it is better than 2010. My favorite everyday wine.
World class wine in my book!
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Red
8/29/2014 - groper1234 wrote:
Deep purple, earthy, herbs, black blue fruits, hardly any oak noticeable. Good wine but not as good as 2010 at this stage. More sovoury than 2010. Less concentration than 2010. Perhaps lacks a little ripeness. We will see
Red
8/29/2014 - groper1234 wrote:
91 points
Probably one of best value for money even though it costs fair bit more in Australia.
Dark crimson with hint of purple rim. Concentrated and strikingly purfumed nose. Earth, lavender, black and blue fruits, hint of oak. On the palate, close to full bodied, rich, fresh, fruity, tones of black and blue fruits, good acidity and drying tanins. Quite dry but not at all harsh. Probably peaks in year or two. I will drink it now for the youthful young gutsy flavour. Very well done. I like it better than 2011 but will see.
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2010 Château Marjosse Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/29/2014 - groper1234 wrote:
87 points
A good easy drinking bordeaux without breaking the bank. There are some bordeaux subtlies for a low priced bordeaux. But I rather spend abit more and go for cambon la pelouse, lanessan, lilian ladouys, poloumey, teyssier, croix figeac, gironville, fourcas dupre etc. Low tannins and low acid, probably best to drink soon. Probably drank better last year. I got 4 more bottles. It will be drunk this year.
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Red
6/27/2014 - groper1234 wrote:
91 points
Person before me got it spot on. Definately fantastic bistro wine. Dark purple colour, Alittle shy on the nose, I am getting both cocoa bean both nose and mouth. only about medium bodied. Some earth, black fruits, sweet tannins, relatively soft but finishes dry. I would say drink in 3 years. Probably peak now with all the fruit there at present. Fresh and charming. I liked this alot and I guess this is selling for 6 euro in Spain. Good price even for 20 aussie dollar. Enjoyed this very much!
Red
5/23/2014 - groper1234 wrote:
91 points
Black red colour with hint of purple at the rim. Nose is , plum, damson,chocolate, earth, lavender, dark fruits. On the mouth, full bodied, rich and slightly spirity,Chocolaty, Porty, but incredibly fresh and dense. It is abit overripen but hell, this really does for me tonight. Quality grapes and long warm finish with lovely sweet tannins. Reminds me of very good aussie shiraz. 25 aussie dollar and even for that it is a very good value. Delicious.
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Red
5/16/2014 - groper1234 wrote:
85 points
Bought 12 sometime back. It was not impressive first time but now it got worse. 2007 vintage seems to be too tough and lacks the fruit stuffing. This felt hard going and lacks the structure. 2008 alot better in my oppinion.
It wont improve as fruit is disapearing.
Red
5/16/2014 - groper1234 wrote:
93 points
This smelled really incredibly beautiful. Perfume of flowers, wild berries, herbs. Definately complex. On the mouth, silky tannins and seductive mouth feel. We loved this and Glen Eldon winery is one to really watch. They make such a elegant and perfume wines. I have another bottle.Should get better but drinking bloody well now.
Red
5/16/2014 - groper1234 wrote:
90 points
This was delightful to drink. Colour is rather light red and bright. On the nose, roses, cherries, cranberries, earth. On the mouth it is light to medium bodied, already so drinkable. Soft tannins, perfect acidity, some sweet oak, finishes long. This is perfect bistro wine. Easy drinking and so fresh. Went treat with vietnamese food.
Not a keeper, drink within year or two. I will grab 2012 vintage. Almost pinot like but damn drinkable. So nice after all the heavy aussie wines I have been drinking.
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Red
2012 Maretti Langhe Langhe DOC Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo (view label images)
5/16/2014 - groper1234 wrote:
86 points
Having this side by side with the langhe il nibbio pio cesare 2011, this was let down. Decanted for 3 hours, colour is darker than il nebbio, quite oaky both nose and palate. I think it will apeal to australian red lovers. Lacks fruit and stuffing. I dont think it will get better as fruit is already disapearing. There is some savoury cola, leather, heavy coffee and dark chocolate notes.. Pipoli is better buy but from abruzzo.. I am not impressed with all the fourthwaveimports so far. Not impressed and wont be buying more
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Red
2012 Tscharke Barossa Grounds Collection GSM Barossa Valley Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
3/1/2014 - groper1234 wrote:
88 points
colour is rather translucent red. Nose of earth, medicinal bouquet, some confectionary notes, red fruits, burnt wood unmistakingly barossa. On the mouth medium bodied, , some sour cherry fruit, smooth and juicy. Slightly too high acidity for me and lacks structure. Smoky edge both nose and palate puts me off a little. I prefer decent cote du rhone for same price. This was easy going and nice but would not buy again. Best drunk now. My wife liked it more than I. Australian Shiraz is awesome, can't say same about their gsm blends. Of course there are few exceptions.
Red
2/21/2014 - groper1234 wrote:
88 points
colour is dark ruby, nose of earth, cherry, plums, cola, lavender, spice. On the mouth, rich, spicy, plum, black and red fruits, sour cherry, dry mouth pluckering tannins. Abit too much alcohol and hot for me. Quite rustic, it needs a little more time to settle. I would go for domain roche Cairrane 2010 for same price anytime. Good but not exciting
Red
2/9/2014 - groper1234 wrote:
92 points
black red colour with slight hint of purple rim. Nose is dark chocolate, coffee beans, black fruits, smoky woods, medicinal herbs. On the mouth, only about medium bodied for australian red ( that's what I mostly drink )context but for argentina red, probably close to full bodied. On the mouth getting more Dark chocolate flavour, liqourice, dark fruits, grounded coffee rich and spicy. Also getting some cola. I think balance is good and quite interesting to drink. Tannins are mouth pluckering but already soften abit , it should cellar well for next 2-3 years. Drinks great now with a good decant. I need to venture more in Argentina reds! I really enjoyed this! bought for $20 at vintage cellars australia
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Red
2/3/2014 - groper1234 wrote:
89 points
Colour is dark red. On the nose red fruits, vanilla, milk chocolate, cassis. On the mouth, medium to full bodied, good rich fruit and I really enjoyed rich vanilla oak. Some might find it too oaky. There is good balance between sweet and sour flavour. I thought acid was tad too high for me. Nice dry slightly salty finish. I think my wife enjoyed more than me. While I would really enjoy a glass if someone serve me this, I am not running back to buy more. So reminds me of Kirrawirra shiraz from glug!
Red
2/3/2014 - groper1234 wrote:
89 points
Colour is dark ruby. Nose is very interesting, some peppercorn, violet, cinammon, earth, and something I quite cannot discribe. My first bottle of straight Petit Verdot. On the mouth, just over medium bodied, quite tasty and red and black fruit, aniseed, some peppercorn. Finishing with dry and strong tannins. It was abit of hard work with salmon steak, perhaps much better with red meats. I will crack it again in a year time. I am guessing best drunk in 2 years as this is sulfite preservative free wine. Interesting and something different! Recommended
Red
1/28/2014 - groper1234 wrote:
88 points
Very decent bottle of wine for the price. Probably un oaked or lightly oaked?
Colour is dark red with hint of purple rim. One the nose, plums, confectionary notes of cherry syrup. On the mouth medium to full bodied, slightly too sweet and confected but in a nice way, getting dark chocolate, dark fruits, easy going and quite gluggable. This was drinking best on day 3. Make sure you give this plenty of air before consume it. Decent quaffer!
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Red
2010 Paracombe The Reuben Adelaide Hills Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/28/2014 - groper1234 wrote:
90 points
Colour is Dark Ruby with Purple rim. I am getting alots of black and blue fruits, hint of cinnamon, ruhbarb, plum on the nose. On the mouth only medium bodied for a Australian red wine for me. Juicy and very gluggable,ralatively soft tannins and nice lick of acidity to close. A excellent party wine. I would consume this in next 3 years. I will crack this again in 6 month to see how it is travelling. While this is not a blockbuster, it is very nice for the price. Decant just before comsume it. Crowd pleaser for sure and I approve!
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Rosé - Sparkling
1/21/2014 - groper1234 wrote:
80 points
I am not a champagne drinker, but I think this is one of worst one I ever had. Just too acidic. It lacks character. So plain. Since this was a gift, we drank whole bottle with my Father. Everyone thought this was boring.
Red
1/21/2014 - groper1234 wrote:
89 points
A good buy Spanish wine from Australia. Colour is dark with purple rim. Not as concentrated as most aussie reds. Nose is earthy, herbs, black and blue fruits, slightly smoky undertones. On the mouth, just over medium bodied, very good balance between acid and tannins, it is actually quite tasty with some complexity. For me this is slightly over ripe for my palate. Also I could feel fruits are slightly disapearing even though there is enough tannins to age for sometime. Therefore I think this is better drunk in next 2 years. Quite nice but Artiga is definately step up. I probably would not buy it again, ( I will grab the new vintage when it comes out )but if someone pour me this, I will be quite to happy to drink it! One of better 20 dollar spanish wine I had in Australia!
Red
1/4/2014 - groper1234 wrote:
87 points
I had this in 2 separate occasions. Not impressed, tasted cheap generic spanish red. Clean, dry finish I remember but really lacked stuffing. The other australian wine opened on the night, everyone loved it better. They were, Jaraman Cabernet 2009, Chapel Hill Shiraz 2008, Bishop shiraz 2009. I won't buy again for sure even this cost not much!
Red
1/4/2014 - groper1234 wrote:
80 points
Colour was dark red but not really concentrated. I thought this was boring and one dimentional. It felt green and lacked structure and bitter. I know this is cheap wine, but no excuse. There are plenty better wines around in similar prices. Not impressed. I hope Rymill Estate Cabernet is going to be better as I have bottle of 2010 lying down somewhere in the cellar. If someone offered me this, I will drink it but not very happily. Rather drink beer to be honest!
Red
2011 Joel Gott Alakai California Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
1/4/2014 - groper1234 wrote:
86 points
Slightly better than their Zinfandell but I am not convinced. I had this with my father few days back and we both did not like it. There is some spicy elements and some sweet tannins with cherry and hint of liqourice. This was 22 aussie dollar and really should be less than a 15 dollar wine. Ok wine and if someone served me this, I would drink it for sure. But No re buy for me!
Red
1/4/2014 - groper1234 wrote:
92 points
Opened for 5 hours, then decanted it just before serve. What a spectacular nose, wild berries, flowers, red fruits and black fruits. Glen Eldon wine screams Quality everytime. This wine was from part of Operation dozen and it is bloody good value. Probably best cabernet I ever tasted from Barossa apart from Mentor cabernet blend 2004 peter lehmann. On the palate, luscious, elegant cabernet. Glen eldon makes similar style wine they make to trevor jones(now kellermeister)( elegant and not over the top), but Glen eldon beats in all ranges from quaffers to premium wines in my opinnion. I hope they get more well known soon. Truly top quality barossan makers!
Red
2009 Lake Breeze Wines Bernoota Langhorne Creek Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
1/3/2014 - groper1234 wrote:
88 points
Dark Crimson Colour, Smell of Vanila, chocolate, Dark fruits. Abit too much oak on the nose. On the mouth it is full bodied, rich, getting mocha, vanila, and black fruits. it was too oak heavy and not enough fruit to shine. I really don't understand this wine got a trophy for best wine under 25 dollars. Not impressed. While nice wine to drink, nothing special for me. Abit better than 2008.
Red
1/3/2014 - groper1234 wrote:
90 points
Good purchase from Nicks, 18 aussie dollar.
Colour is dark ruby, purple rim. On the nose, cigar, dark fruits, coffee beans, dark chocolate. On the mouth medium to full bodied, very satisfying with dry tannins to close. On second day, this was a bit of a let down. This had a classic cedary oak smell and bouquet character which is similar to those of decent bordeaux. Abit heavy coffee undertones for me, but really good value regardless and highly recommended. I would drink this in 2 -3 years while fruits are still there.
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Red
1/3/2014 - groper1234 wrote:
88 points
Bought this from Nicks $20.
While in my opinnion Nicks has best selection of imported wines in Australia, this one wasn't great.
Ruby colour with hint of purpleness, not really concentrated. Nose of liqourice, dark fruits, hint of smoky meatiness, getting olives. On the palate, medium bodied, nice clean mouth feel, slightly spicy elements there, dark fruits, some cinnamon showing, cocoa. Nice dry finish. It is nice wine but not really worth the price considering you can get so many better wines for 20 dollar these days. If someone served me this, I would be happy to drink it. More like a short term drink, drink next 2 years.
Red
12/18/2013 - groper1234 wrote:
85 points
Not really concentrated. More red than purple colour. Smells confectionary and herbal. Medium to full bodied, dark fruit profile. I find it one dimentional and short finish uninspiring. Having said that, it is quite decent wine, goes well with red meats.
Red
12/18/2013 - groper1234 Likes this wine:
90 points
For the price, this is very good cote du rhone. I would personally pay alittle extra for cuvee cepage or la ponce. But for $12.95 aussie dollar, Great value. Nose of red fruits, distictive orange peel, tropical fruit even though this is red wine. On the palate, Medium bodied, clean and highly apealing. Light powdery tannins, getting tropical fruits and orange peel, red fruits, undertones of medicinal herbs. Very glugable and easy drinking. I could drink gallons of this. Nothing complicating. I would drink while fruits are still there, so drink within a year. I really wanna take this to BYO Thai restaurants. I think it will make Fantastic bistro wine!
Red
11/26/2013 - groper1234 wrote:
91 points
Dark Red Black colour, Nose of chocolate, black coffee, burnt wood. On the palate, full bodied, nice mouth feel, bitter chocolate, very dry. I like the wine, abit hollow in the mid palate, could have had more complexity. But for the 20 aussie dollar, very nice. Should get better in year or 2. Whole case gone now.
Red
2007 Noon Eclipse McLaren Vale Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
11/26/2013 - groper1234 wrote:
93 points
I thought this wine was exceptional. Thank you my sis for sending this from overseas. Colour is super Dark, hint of purple rim. Nose is full of coffee and milk chocolate, earth, dark fruits. On the mouth, full bodied, rich and lucious, delicious flavours of chocolate, coffee beans, black fruits, mingled together. Finishes with mouth pluckering tannins and refreshing acidity. Already good to go with splash decant and pour back to the bottle and enjoy. Should improve over next 5 years. Very good effort for the tough vintage. I could almost mistaken that this could have come from priorate spain. I got 3 of 2012 Eclipse, and 3 of reserve shiraz 2012 directly from cellar door. I will lay them down for 2 years before cracking them.
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Red
11/26/2013 - groper1234 wrote:
88 points
Bought this for 13 aussie dollar on special. Drank case of this. Not bad for the price but I am getting very tired of this. Colour is dark red, nose of berries, flowers. On the Palate, some caramel, chocolate, refreshing acidity, juicy, short finish. Abit boring but for the price, nice.
Red
11/26/2013 - groper1234 wrote:
89 points
15 aussie dollars on special. Colour is light red and hint of purple at the rim. Nose of cherries, cranberries, hint of vanila, smoky oak. On the mouth simple, one dimentional, but delicious and easy going. I would not buy again (had enough of these) but one of best bistro pinot noir out there. Everytime I bring this to the restaurant, people seem to love it.
Red
11/26/2013 - groper1234 wrote:
89 points
38 Aussie dollar at the dan murphy.

Colour is reasonably dark, purple rim. Nose is chocolate, earth, dark fruits, coffee beans. On the palate, close to full bodied. Quite soft considering Mclaren makes firm and tight wines in general. Some creamy oak, subtle but one dimentional. Rather easy drinking nice wine. Not enough structure for cellaring. I would drink it over by next 2 years. I would have liked it alot more at 20 dollars. Jeanneret Rank File Shiraz 2010 was so much better yet only 20 dollars. Competition is too high with wines these days, if you are going to charge over 30 dollars, than better be bloody good. This just not hitting the mark. I much more prefer Directors cut Heartland shiraz 2010 and again cost less.
Red
11/26/2013 - groper1234 wrote:
88 points
Dark colour. looks more older than other 2009 wines. Nose of coffee, vanila, chocolate, black fruits. On the palate, medium to full bodied, dark fruits, chocolate and coffee. Somehow wine does not seem quite balanced. Not quite hitting the mark for me. Directors cut 2010 was alot better than this for the same price.
Red
11/26/2013 - groper1234 wrote:
89 points
Concentrated black red colour with hint of purple. Nice nose of Milk chocolate, cinamons, vanila, black and red fruits, hint of spricot. On the mouth close to full bodied, rich and good balance with acidity and tannins. Personally I prefer the Pirathon shiraz and it is slightly cheaper than this. Spend alittle more and get Greenock shiraz. Alot better wine. I never liked white grape in red wine!
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2004 Château Cissac Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/26/2013 - groper1234 wrote:
88 points
Colour is faily dark garnet, subtle nose of earth, herbs, cherry. On the palate, medium bodied, quite gentle and soft. There are some powdery tannins and acid to keep things together and should get better with age in short term. I like it but not enough to buy more or to cellar. Too boring for me but nice enough for this bottle.
Red
2009 Château Malescasse Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/26/2013 - groper1234 wrote:
84 points
I was hoping this to be good, but was a let down.
Colour is rather light red, lacks concentration. Nose is red fruits, smoky oak but not a quality oak nose. On the mouth, medium bodied, again red fruits, some tannins and acid but don't think this will last. It tastes quite hollow this stage. Fairly ok. Maybe gets better with age? I am not getting another bottle to find it out!
Red
11/26/2013 - groper1234 wrote:
90 points
From Memory from earlier this year. Dark ruby colour, Nose was elegant with cola, cherries, berries, milk chocolate, coffee, earth. It was medium bodied, silky and elegant and minerals. Bright and colourful and refreshing acidity. I have liked this and fair buy at 30 aussie dollar.
Red
11/26/2013 - groper1234 wrote:
89 points
Very dark red with hint of purple at the rim. Nose of Dark chocolate, coffee, vanila, black fruits, cinnamon. On the mouth it is full bodied and delicious black fruits with chocolate in the mix. At this stage tannins are still abit too firm to really enjoy the wine properly. I will leave my remaining bottles in the cellar for another year or 2 before coming back to this. Good potential to hit over 90 when the time comes.
Red
11/26/2013 - groper1234 wrote:
91 points
Colour is concentrated dark purple. Big nose, smoky oak, dark fruits, hint of coffee beans. On the palate, full bodied, delicious dark fruits, gritty mouth watering tannins. This one is very satisfying and great value at 20 aussie dollar. Not as porty as Fond Croze Cuvee Romanaise Cotes du Rhone Villages, same league as Cuvee Cepage 3 2009. I would drink them over 2 years.
Red
11/26/2013 - groper1234 wrote:
89 points
Fairly concentrated dark colour with purple rim. Nose is black fruits, abit hot and porty nose. On the mouth, Black fruits, raisins, abit alcoholic but nice wine. Low acid and powdery tannins. Should keep for year or two. Very good value, but there are many other cote du rhone will kill this. And then there are many rhone out there much worth than this as well.
Red
11/26/2013 - groper1234 wrote:
91 points
27 Aussie Dollar.
Quite concentrated dark purple colour, nose of earth, dark fruits, burnt smoke from the oak. On the palate full bodied, rich and delicious. Full of dark fruits, some mouth pluckering tannins to close. This wine was quite dry. A bold wine but still not overly done. I agree, drink by 2014. Very nice wine and I think I liked this slightly more than Domaine escaraville la ponce 2009.
Red
11/26/2013 - groper1234 wrote:
90 points
This was a delicious Rhone. Colour was not as dense as Cuvee Cepege, but it was beautiful wine. Very elegant and silkiness to the wine I liked. Not so much dark fruit but more red fruits. Tannins were powdery and mouth watering. I did not think there was enough structure to improve. Should drink up in year or 2. Very nice and I bought 2010.
Red
11/26/2013 - groper1234 wrote:
94 points
I drank this few month back and was extremely impressed.
Colour is very dark purple, super inky concentrated, Complex nose of Chocolate, Vanila, Full bursting of Black fruits, Coffee, Big bold but not over the top, still retains elegant which is extremely important. On the palate, Delicious Christmas pudding, Milk Chocolate, lucious quality expresso, full of mixed berries, full bodied, sweet tannins, long and sensational finish. One of best wines I had this year and for $20 aussie dollar, this is a killer. I've got couple more bottles stashed away. It's will get better in a short term. Awesome!
Red
11/25/2013 - groper1234 wrote:
90 points
I bought this 6 bottles and all gone now. Drank last bottle sometime back in september 2013. From the memory, this tastes horrible popped and poured. This needs full day (24 hours) for bottle to open up or decant for few hours. Very closed first day, however once it open up, it drinks beautifully. Still young and probably better in year or two. Quite fruity but elegant, colourful and depth makes this wine quite special. Somebody mentioned low acid. I thought this was too acidic and that was my only drawback. I prefered Dry bore shiraz 2008 Glen Eldon but similar style wine and both quite decent.
Red
11/25/2013 - groper1234 wrote:
92 points
I drank 3 bottles of this and now all gone. Colour was bright dark purple(my favorite colour), beautiful nose, I remember wild berries, flowers, quality oak, on the palate, medium to full bodied, rich and colourful and full of flavour. Beautiful Powdery tannins but alittle too acidic for me. This screams QUALITY. This could develop further with some careful cellaring. Very good value
Red
11/25/2013 - groper1234 wrote:
89 points
I was with other wine subscription forum for last few years and I really neglected this site. I will try to post many wines as possible from my memory. This one I bought for $15 aussie dollar, Colour was fairly concentrated dark red colour, First night it was abit harsh, on the second night it really opened up. Nose of cola, Italian earth, herbs, cherries. On the mouth about medium bodied, alittle too sweet for my taste and acidic. Very good for $15 but not tempting enough to grab another bottle. If somebody served this in a restaurant, I would be happy to drink it.
Red
7/13/2011 - groper1234 wrote:
92 points
Bargain alert.
Deep Purple, Great concentration, smells earthy, wild berries, black fruits, milk chocolate. On the palate, full bodied, delicious black fruits with chocolate, rich, chewy tannins, and nice bright acidity. Amazing bargain. Very nice bbq wine!
Red
5/12/2011 - groper1234 wrote:
90 points
Medium ruby colour, Smells little mutted with coffee and chocolate and dark fruits. On the palate, medium to full bodied, chocolate, coffee, and plenty of dark fruits. Quite rustic but Very nice for the price. 20 aussie dollar, and probably alot cheaper in usa and europe.
Red
1/27/2011 - groper1234 wrote:
90 points
Bought in ultimo wine centre for 27aussir dollar but 30%off which is around 19dollar. I checked in France it is only 4.5euro. So wholesaler and ultimo are making alittle too much profit I think. Should be 10-15aussie dollar to be fair.
Anyway it is under synthetic cork which I really hate but wine is good.
Colour is medium ruby, smells alots of red fruits, confected sweets, plum, rasberries smells delicious. On the palate, medium to full bodied, delicious red fruits, dry, tasty sweet tannins, mineral. For 20 aussie dollar it is good wine but for 4.5euro, this is steal. Well made straight forward cote du rhone and I really liking it.
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