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2002 Rustenberg Wines John X Merriman Stellenbosch
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88 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2005

Sweet but more oak-dominated aromas of currant, licorice, tar and chocolate. Sweet, jammy, merlot-dominated flavors of plum and chocolate. This is ripe and in your face, while the 2001 is more complex and multilayered. (According to Badenhorst, February had three times more rain than the norm for this month.) Finishes with dusty, fine tannins.

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