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2005 Rustenberg Wines John X Merriman Stellenbosch
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2009

($30; a Bordeaux blend based on 54% merlot and 32% cabernet sauvignon) Deep ruby-red. Enticing aromas of black raspberry, tobacco, licorice and fresh herbs. Lush, broad and sweet but firmly built, with a slightly exotic candied fruit quality giving this seriously concentrated wine plenty of early sex appeal. Finishes sweet and plummy, with a fine dusting of tannins and excellent length. Aged for 20 months in 50% new French oak. (Unfortunately, there was no new release of the winery's flagship Peter Barlow cabernet sauvignon in the market this winter.)

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South Africa has produced wines in the area of Cape Town since the 17th century, but the country's significant place in the U.S. market is far more recent. During the era of apartheid, trade sanctions imposed on imports from South Africa kept these wines out of the U.S. and many other markets, with the effect that local South African winemakers had little incentive to produce wines that could compete in a global setting...
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