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2005 De Trafford Wines Elevation 393 Stellenbosch
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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.

94 Points | Wine Spectator
90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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