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Award Winning Wine

Welcome to Oddbins Award Winning Wine, Champagne and Fortified Wines. Whilst we take great care to ensure all of our range over-delivers on price, it's always nice to get some objective feedback, so we thought we'd group together all our independently commended wines in one place.
Here you'll find the products in our range that have scooped commendations from:

  • IWC (International Wine Challenge);
  • Decanter;
  • IWSC (International Wine and Spirit Competition).

  • We are pleased to have been awarded High Street Chain of the Year 2014 at the International Wine Challenge awards, which we feel recognises our commitment to sourcing great wine.

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    1. Portal da Aguia Branco Portugal

      Portal da Aguia Branco white 2015

      Now £7.43

      Was £8.25

      £7.43

      In sci-fi films, portals always take people to scary worlds inhabited by monsters or back in time to catastrophically alter their own futures. The Portal da Águia Branco is a different kind of portal. A sip of this floral, fruity and zippy little white wine instantly transports you to the Portuguese coast.

      There you can go swimming in the sea beneath the hot sun, then lie out on a bougainvillea-clad veranda to dry off and eat freshly picked mussels with homemade skinny chips and a glass of this. Disclaimer: portal transportation is purely metaphorical.

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    2. Janeil Gros Manseng Sauvignon Blanc French White Wine

      Janeil Gros Manseng Sauvignon Blanc 2015

      £8.50

      £8.50

      We know 'Gros Manseng' isn't the nicest name for a grape. In fact it sounds like an unflattering description of a singer. But forget all that: its cleansing acidity and flavours of quince and white blossom make it a top companion for Sauvignon Blanc and more than compensates for its unfortunate moniker.

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    3. Sole Shiraz Feteasca Neagra

      Sole Shiraz Feteasca Neagra 2015

      £8.75

      £8.75

      Bucharest born Henri Coanda invented the jet engine in 1910. Now the jet engine has done some handy things, but what's most imprtant to us is it got wine makers get off their bottoms and visit lots of other producers.

      This red is one such beneficary of steel canary riding wine makers (See winery information below). It's a blend of the international grape Shiraz and local Romanian Feteasca Neagra. Propelled by cherry, wild strawberry and cranberry flavours. Fuelled by smooth tannin and fresh acidity. It's a wine that rockets far beyond the usual plane* fare.

      *All puns intended. 

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    4. Oveja Negra Cabernet Franc Carmenere

      Oveja Negra Cabernet Franc Carmenère 2015

      £9.00

      £9.00

      Oveja Negra, if you hadn’t gathered from the black sheep on the label, translates as ‘Black Sheep’ and that’s exactly why we love these guys – they don’t follow the herd with their wines.

      Cabernet Franc and Carmenère is an unusual blend, but it works really well – Cab Franc’s light body, finesse and peppery quality balance out the fuller, more ample fruit of Carmenère. We always thought it was a good idea not to try to fit in and this is further evidence thereof. Yieah boy!

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    5. Viña Leyda Falaris Chardonnay Chilean White Wine

      Viña Leyda Falaris Chardonnay 2015

      £11.75

      £11.75

      ***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2015***

      What a difference a subtle misspelling can make. Falaris is probably the best value Chardonnay we’ve ever tasted, the kind that scares the bejesus out of Burgundy. Phalaris was a Sicilian tyrant who allegedly ate babies and roasted people alive inside a bronze bull statue.

      So,be careful. Because that error on your shopping list could take your dinner party down a very different route. We recommend going with the “F” spelling, which will give you a wonderfully crisp cool-climate Chardonnay packed with lemon, tangerine, almond, cream and salty mineral flavours.

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    6. Sandeman Founder's Reserve Ruby Port

      Sandeman Founder's Reserve Ruby Port NV

      Now £11.93

      Was £13.25

      £11.93

      It’s really incredible, but this Port actually has its own song.

      ‘What’s that then?’, we hear you cry. Well, *clears throat and bows exaggeratedly*… “Mr Sandeman has brought me a dream. He’s made the cutest Port that I’ve seen. If you put it to your lips, it tastes like roses and clover. And when you try it your stilton’s lonesome nights are over.”

      As we say, incredible, although we’ll admit that this Port doesn’t really taste that much of clover, but more like cassis and cedar. We wonder what clover tastes like…

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    7. Viña Leyda 'Canelo' Syrah 2014

      Viña Leyda 'Canelo' Syrah 2014

      £12.00

      £12.00

      ***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2015***

      Like an alpine orchid, this is a rare beauty from a vertiginous landscape, whose high altitude home and seemingly adverse conditions are the very thing that make it so beautiful, as the plant strives to survive and thrive.

      Ee bah gum we’ve gone a bit Davey Attenborough haven’t we! What do we do? Oh yes, sell wine.

      Ahem, well: this one has the signature cool-climate Syrah traits of black pepper, violets and tart red raspberry and blueberry overtones. A serious mountaineer.

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    8. Martin Codax Burgans Albarino Spanish White wine

      Martin Codax Burgans Albariño 2015

      £12.50

      £12.50

      This little gem is really, really worth knowing about. There is a distinctive style of fresh, sea-licked, zesty-white in Galicia that, frankly, makes us wildly excited. We defy anyone who serves this wine with some simply-cooked seafood and a dose of sunshine, to not fall in love, ditch their current boyfriend/girlfriend/mates/dog and move to Spain to shack up with Martin Codax. To know it is to love it.

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    9. Robert Oatley Vineyards 'Signature Series' Shiraz

      Robert Oatley Vineyards Signature Series Shiraz 2014

      £13.50

      £13.50

      ***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2015***

      Only a fifth of the wineries in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion 2012 were awarded five stars. Last year, James employed a novel judging criteria, in which he made producers perform “I’m a little tea pot”, deducting points and taking pot shots at them with a Black Widow slingshot if the performance displeased him. Robert Oatley is said to have given an Oscar-worthy rendition. We think his winery deserved its five stars even without the singing and dancing. This Shiraz is proof.

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    10. Hacienda del Carmen Arlanza 2015 Red Wine Spain

      Hacienda del Carmen Arlanza 2015

      £14.00

      £14.00

      A Bright cherry red tempranillo with violet tones. Perfumed with black berries and violets leaving an elegant lingering on the palate rich with black cherries and silky tannins.

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    11. Berton Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 South Australian Red Wine

      Berton Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

      £14.25

      £14.25

      Berton is a family-run set up that has risen promptly from humble beginnings in 2005. Having started on a plot of land that was dubbed ‘the Bonsai’ vineyard due to its gnarled, water-deprived vines, founder/owner Bob Berton introduced a better water supply and, resultantly, blinding wines.

      This Cabernet has an impenetrable black colour, fragrant and concentrated aromas of blackcurrant, fresh tobacco and sweet pepper and an intense, fine-grained palate of cassis, minerals and toasty oak.

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    12. Château Coussin Rosé 2016 Vintage Wine

      Château Coussin Rosé 2016

      £15.00

      £15.00

      Human lives are full of eureka moments. These run the gamut from the earth-shattering "the world is not flat" or "he/she is the one" kind to the smaller but no less revelatory discoveries of chipotle Tabasco or the Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V commands on a keyboard.

      This delicate looking wine lies somewhere in between, because it’s unequivocal proof that rosé can be incredibly serious stuff. It carries the poise, elegance and flawless complexion of Grace Kelly and then explodes with pink grapefruit, passion fruit, strawberry sorbet and lemon sherbet.

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    13. De Loach Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir 2014

      De Loach Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir 2015

      £15.00

      £15.00

      Dear Marje Proops, my husband went out two days ago to buy a bottle of brown sauce to pour on to his egg and chips, and he still hasn't returned. At first I thought it would be OK, but now I realise it's looking like Cheerio. What do you suggest I do? Yours, Cindy Biscuits, Newton-le-Willows.

      "Well Cindy, I think your only option is to bin the chips and cook yourself a nice duck breast. In the absence of sauce, you can pour yourself a glass of red wine, I'd suggest this light but slightly spicy Pinot Noir, with strawberry and cherry flavours balanced by a beautiful acidity that will cut right through the meat. And it's lovely on its own after you've washed up.

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    14. Ribbonwood Pinot Noir New Zealand Red Wine

      Ribbonwood Pinot Noir 2014

      £15.50

      £15.50

      ***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2015***

      Pinot Noir, as any fan of Sideways will tell you, is a tricky and temperamental grape – difficult and delicate both in the growing and the wine-making. But don’t despair, or drive your car into a tree (just try getting spare parts for a Saab these days), just twist the cap off one of these rather elegant Pinots from Marlborough.

      Made from hand-picked grapes this wine is aged in French oak to give a superb balance of summery fruits and smoky undertones. Which makes us think it might just be time to light the barbeque…

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    15. Saint Clair Vicar's Choice Pinot Noir 2014

      Saint Clair Vicar's Choice Pinot Noir 2015

      £16.00

      £16.00

      The ridonculously talented Matt Thompson, at Saint Clair, featured on one of our ‘Inspire-themed posters, saying ‘I became a winemaker because, as a wine drinker, I needed to find a way to make it tax-deductible’. We like his style.

      But, when he made this red, he didn’t just get a tax break on Pinot Noir, he created something beautiful: a gentle giant, with mellow Morello cherry, pine needles and hints of smoke. Take that, taxman!

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    16. Pérez Cruz Carménère 2014 Chilean Wine

      Pérez Cruz Carménère 2014

      £16.50

      £16.50

      Carmenere is the forgotten one of the six Bordeaux grape varieties. But like an incredibly athletic and intrepid mole it has popped its head up in Chile. Here it produces some incredibly potent and complex reds like this one.

      Perez Cruz's Carménère is a riotous carnival of a wine, ripe black berry fruits mingle with more dried and baked fruit flavours and some lovely green herby notes. There's so much going on here it's impossible not to just get swept along with the party.

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    17. Giesen Brothers Pinot Noir New Zealand Red Wine

      Giesen Brothers Pinot Noir 2013

      £16.50

      £16.50

      It is a brave and noble thing to travel half way around the world and set up a winery, but that is exactly what brothers Alex, Theo and Marcel Giesen did in the 1980s. Thirty years later and these intrepid brothers have not only survived the trip from Germany to New Zealand, but they have conquered. In evolutionary terms, this family is winning.

      Why are they so successful? For wines like this Pinot Noir, with its elegant, silky, tannins, lifted aromas of violet and blueberry and notes of warm, freshly turned earth and mushrooms. That’s one gene pool we want to be part of.

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    18. Pérez Cruz Cot Red Wine Chile

      Pérez Cruz Cot 2014

      £16.50

      £16.50

      It is a lot to claim that one wine has the unmistakable character of Chile’s Maipo valley. That’s some pretty big talk. But we think that Viña Pérez Cruz can justify it with this ‘Cot’ or Malbec as it’s known over here.

      Sourced from a blissfully-located vineyard that captures the warm afternoon sun rays, the cool mountainous breeze blowing down off the Andes, this black-fruited behemoth captures the essence of this unspoilt land. These people have bags of confidence in their wine, it’s true, and rightly placed it is too.

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    19. Sandeman LBV

      Sandeman LBV Port 2011

      £16.75

      £16.75

      Quandries over the many LBV Ports on the market will no doubt leave you needing a glass of...well, LBV Port. But be assured that Sandeman’s version is no flash in the pan, no fair-weather friend, oh no… These guys have been going for more than 200 years and, in 1805, became the first Port company to brand a cask with an iron brand, giving the wine a guarantee of quality. That quality has continued through the ages and is manifest in this surprisingly bright, red and blackcurrant knock-out Late Bottled Vintage Port.

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    20. Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 Sauvignon Blanc 2014

      Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 Sauvignon Blanc 2015

      £19.50

      £19.50

      While you might be familiar with the story of Saint Clair and her extraordinary act of patience at the Vicar's tea party, you might not know that after downing the immortalised glass of perfectly chilled sparkling, the young lady walked away from the table at a peculiar angle of 43 degrees NE to SW, shedding tears of joy. Legend has it these tears were pure Sauvignon Blanc, and as they fell to the soil, fresh young vines sprouted.

      While conventional preference is to plant vines North to South, this miracle resulted in a divine wine. The grapes facing south added fresh, greener character; while those facing North blessed the wine with delicious tropical notes.

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    21. Saint Clair Pioneer Block 14 Pinot Noir

      Saint Clair Pioneer Block 14 Pinot Noir 2015

      £21.00

      £21.00

      ‘What you saying? Your back's bent, your knees are nuked and you keep getting up to visit the loo in the dead of night? Well you can take that whingeing to your GP, but my name is Doctor Feelgood and I know what you need! And believe me, daddio, what you need is to fix yourself to this big-scented Pinot Noir, from deep down in Doctor’s Creek, Marlborough.

      It perks you right up of red fruits, blackcurrants and spice and which has a finish that'll still be there after the last of your hair has gone grey, you with me? It don't have none of that ‘proven medical value’ stuff, but it'll remind you that there's a lot of beauty going down on this big old ball of rock and that’s all you need, maaan’.

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    22. Saint Clair Omaka Reserve Chardonnay 2015 White Wine

      Saint Clair Omaka Reserve Chardonnay 2015

      £22.00

      £22.00

      Let’s have a quick history lesson:

      James Sinclair was one of the first settlers of Blenheim, Marlborough, way back in the 19th century. Being a Scotsman in a land of Kiwis, we’re sure you can image the difficulties in translation. In a battle of accents, it wasn’t long before he became known as James Saint Clair. That is, until he adopted the nickname ‘King of the Beaver’…think of that what you will…

      Fast-forward to the 21st century and his land is now owned and used by the Ibbotson family who named their estate Saint Clair in honour of the beaver king. The Omaka Chardonnay is just one of the delectable, full bodied wines they make. A white wine with fruity aromas of peach and nectarine that carry on to the palate accompanied with a hint of cinnamon spice and a subtle nutty oak on the finish.

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    23. Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial NV Champagne - 37.5CL

      ***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2015***

      The ultimate groupies' Champagne, one can imagine this being enjoyed and passed around between members of a larger circle of friends, with lots of conversation of the slightly louder variety.

      Made for the close-at-hand ice bucket,...in the back of a limousine, would be perfect,...on the way to a nightclub, even better,...on a Saturday night, better still again,...Moet is likely to be on hand for many such scenarios as that's the Champagne it is. Fun, fresh, lively with good depth and a nice vanilla note to finish.

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    24. Cesar a Sumeire Rosé Wine France

      César à Sumeire Rosé 2016

      £28.00

      £28.00

      In the world of Provencal rosés, as with Victorian make-up, the general rule is the paler the better. This doesn’t mean that they are wan wallflowers (as we imagine Victorian women) but, as with Cesar, they can be thrilling, vivacious, flavour-packed and racy wines.

      With an elegant nose of jasmine and wild rose and an ample palate of cranberries and lemon peel, there isn’t a trace of sober Victoriana. Er, which isn’t to say you shouldn’t be sober at all times, officer.

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    25. Canard-Duchêne Authentic Brut NV Champagne

      Canard-Duchêne Authentic Brut NV Champagne

      £29.00

      £29.00

      Our French is simple, however we feel that Canard-Duchêne generally interprets as "duck of oak". Furthermore, we trust this to be a reference to how this exquisite Champagne vanquished the UK.

      The general population of Ludes, close Reims, kept a huge wooden Trojan-duck at traditions in Folkestone. The duck was filled to the overflow with Champagne bottles, and when neighborhood traditions officers wheeled it in, the trap entryway sprung open and jugs flew out, advancing up the M20 towards London. The rest is history.

      In any case, our comprehension may not be truly genuine.

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    26. Besserat de Bellefon Cuvée NV Champagne France

      Besserat de Bellefon Cuvée NV Champagne

      Now £33.30

      Was £37.00

      £33.30

      The story goes that in 1930 the director of the then famous Paris restaurant 'la Samaritaine de Luxe' challenged Victor Besserat to produce a champagne that could be drunk throughout a meal. Victor created his Cuvée des Moines, and duly won the bet, and the contract.

      Crisp, delicate and fine bubbled but with real character, complexity and subtle depths of flavour, this is a champagne that not only stands up to food, but will step up to the mark for any fizz related challenge you care to throw at it. Bring it on!

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    27. Möet & Chandon Brut Impérial NV

      Möet & Chandon Brut Impérial NV Champagne

      £39.00

      £39.00

      ***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2015***

      Moët & Chandon: probably the most famous and instantly recognisable name in the wine world. Freddie Mercury told us that the Killer Queen was “well versed in etiquette” and “extraordinarily nice” and she kept her Moët & Chandon in a pretty cabinet.

      With its deep peach, apple, brioche, toasted nut and vanilla flavours, we prefer to keep ours in the fridge at all times so that we can open some at the drop a hat for even the tiniest of celebrations. Where do you keep yours?

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    28. Taittinger Brut NV Champagne

      Taittinger Brut NV Champagne

      £39.00

      £39.00

      Classic Champagne. And a no-risk, fail-safe guarantee of good order. Taittinger is one of the thoroughbreds and might as well carry the torch for the impeccably high standards of the region's winemaking.

      This is a celebratory Champagne par-excellence, it would equally make the most acceptable of offerings to mark just about any occasion. This, as you'd expect is dry, elegant, fresh with an insistently lively effervescence.

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    29. Taittinger Rosé Non Vintage Champagne

      Taittinger Rosé NV Champagne

      Now £39.00

      Was £49.00

      £39.00

      Taittinger's Rose is a deep, ruby tinted pink. It's almost exactly the colour of quince jelly - and in the same way the quince jelly perfectly balances sweet, sharp and savoury, this Champagne, with its fine bubbles and persistent mousse, its aromas of raspberry and blackcurrant, is a perfect blend of mature gravity and youthful joie de vivre. It's a pink fizz for grown ups who've not forgotten how to play.

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    30. Besserat de Bellefon Blanc de Blancs NV Champagne Chardonnay

      Besserat de Bellefon Blanc de Blancs NV Champagne

      £42.00

      £42.00

      Rodent racing was an incredibly popular spectacle in Bellefontaine, Ohio. However, a sad day befell the town in 1843, when a Frenchman named Edmond rode into town.

      With a Gallic flourish he bet his life’s savings on a three-legged albino rat called Roger. Quite to the locals’ dismay, the rank outsider romped home and Edmond left the town bankrupt. Returning to France, he set up a Champagne house with his winnings, dedicated to the Best Rat of Bellefontaine.

      The exquisite Besserat de Bellefon Blanc de Blancs is a celebration of Roger’s snow white fur and finesse. Some of this is not true.

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    31. Brunello di Montalcino Carpineto Red wine

      Brunello di Montalcino Carpineto 2011

      £42.00

      £42.00

      Montalcino is one of those staggering quaint, historic, sun-drenched hill top towns that give Tuscany its unique flavour. Brunello di Montalcino is one of those reds that give Italy such a glimmering reputation for incredible, food-friendly wines.

      In 1967, Giovanni Sacchet, co-founder and winemaker at Carpineto, fell in love with Tuscany and its wines, and made it his life’s mission to produce modern, world class wines here. His Brunello is big, firm and tight, with flavours of liquorice, raspberries and vanilla.

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    32. Canard-Duchêne Authentic Brut NV Champagne

      Canard-Duchêne Authentic Brut NV Champagne - Magnum

      £55.00

      £55.00

      Our French is simple, however we feel that Canard-Duchêne generally interprets as "duck of oak". Furthermore, we trust this to be a reference to how this exquisite Champagne vanquished the UK.

      The general population of Ludes, close Reims, kept a huge wooden Trojan-duck at traditions in Folkestone. The duck was filled to the overflow with Champagne bottles, and when neighborhood traditions officers wheeled it in, the trap entryway sprung open and jugs flew out, advancing up the M20 towards London. The rest is history.

      In any case, our comprehension may not be truly genuine.

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    33. Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut NV with Box

      Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut NV Champagne

      £62.00

      £62.00

      ***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2015***

      Laurent-Perrier Rosé is not so much a Champagne as an adored institution. The delightfully squat, curvaceous bottle has something to do with its charm, admittedly, but it is, of course, the juice inside that has led to such acclaim.

      Made with 100% Pinot Noir, LP Rosé has a soft, dreamy texture and a ripe, almost baked strawberry and a vanilla-laced cream that are make this libation quite, quite magical. It’s not sweet though – oh no – this is beautiful Brut is sweet enough…

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    34. Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle Champagne

      Laurent Perrier Grand Siècle Champagne

      £110.00

      £110.00

      ***Gold at the International Wine Challenge 2015***

      Top-flight Champagne doesn't get any better than this. This is Laurent-Perrier's showpiece Champagne and one of the region's finest cuvees. Its conception pays homage to the great Louis XIV, no less, (do the other Louis' ever get mentioned for anything?) and is a blend of more than one recent outstanding vintage from only Grand Cru vineyards. This shows depth and maturity; long and fine, it has rich complexity. Long and fresh on the finish too.

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