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2001 Meerlust Estate Merlot Stellenbosch
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87 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2007

($25) Dark red. Sexy aromas of redcurrant, tobacco and licorice; very Old World. Firm in a Bordeaux way, with fairly intense flavors of bitter cherry, plum, cedar and herbs framed by ripe acidity. In a restrained, drier style. Finishes with firm tannic spine.

86 Points | Wine Spectator

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Merlot

Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon...
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