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2006 Rustenberg Wines John X Merriman Stellenbosch
Producer: Rustenberg Wines
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Bordeaux Blend
Origin: South Africa
Region: South Africa
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.