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2006 De Trafford Wines Elevation 393 Stellenbosch
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2011

(a blend of 50% cabernet sauvignon, 37% merlot and 13% shiraz; 15% alcohol):  Medium ruby.  Rather reticent aromas of spices, dark chocolate and licorice.  Dense and very ripe but juicy, with a lively acid backbone currently suppressing the brooding dark berry and licorice flavors.  Finishes with very ripe, dusty tannins and palate-staining persistence.  This powerfully concentrated wine needs several years of additional bottle aging.

92 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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