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2007 Neil Ellis Wines The Left Bank Western Cape
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88 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2009

($15; a blend of 57% cabernet sauvignon, 33% shiraz and 10% merlot) Bright ruby-red. Aromas of dark raspberry, bitter chocolate, licorice pastille, pepper and herbs; showing its syrah side today. A firm, juicy midweight, with creamy-sweet dark berry flavors leavened by a slightly green quality that runs through the wine. This moderately deep blend finishes with a fine dusting of tannins.

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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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