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2006 Rustenberg Wines John X Merriman Stellenbosch
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91(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2009

($30; 45% cabernet sauvignon, 38% merlot, 13% petit verdot, 3% cab franc and 1% malbec) Full, saturated medium ruby. Primal aromas of blackcurrant, licorice and exotic flowers. Rich, broad and smoky, with superb fat and depth. Very ripe dark berry flavors are complicated by hints of truffle and tobacco leaf. This layered, large-scaled wine is extremely young today. Finishes quite dry and uncompromising, with big, chewy tannins and powerful backbone.

87 Points | Wine Spectator

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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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