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2005 De Trafford Wines Elevation 393 Stellenbosch
Producer: De Trafford Wines
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Bordeaux Blend
Origin: South Africa
Region: South Africa
90(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2009
($100; 57% cabernet sauvignon, 29% merlot and 14% shiraz) Bright medium ruby. Black fruits, leather and a whiff of marzipan on the nose. Intensely flavored, sweet and rather suave, with dense, fine-grained flavors of berries, licorice and sexy smoky oak. Juicy acidity frames the wine's fruit and gives the ripe finish a penetrating quality. A seriously concentrated and long blend that wears its 15% alcohol gracefully. Accessible already but built to age. I gave this the edge over the complex but less pliant 2004 (88+?), which showed a wider range of ripeness and an edge of drying tannins.