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2004 Klein Constantia Madame Marlbrook Constantia
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2004 Klein Constantia Madame Marlbrook Constantia

Producer: Klein Constantia
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: White Blend
Origin: South Africa
Region: South Africa

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89 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2007

($20; a blend of 52% semillon, 22% chardonnay, 19% sauvignon blanc and 7% muscat; aged 11 months in new and used French barriques Medium yellow. Complex nose melds dried stone fruits, smoke and honey, plus a whiff of more tropical fruits. Concentrated, sexy wine but a bit youthfully tight and ungiving today owing to its apparent acidity. A bit of residual sugar (5.1 g/l) softens the wine's edge, though. Finishes with a nutty nuance.

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About South Africa

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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