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2007 Rustenberg Wines John X Merriman Stellenbosch
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91(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2011

(47% cabernet sauvignon, 39% merlot, 7% petit verdot, 4% cabernet franc and 3% malbec):  Bright ruby-red.  Aromas of plum, minerals, graphite, licorice and mint.  Big and rich but firmly structured and tight.  Bright acidity--and a smaller percentage of merlot than usual--give this Bordeaux blend a youthful toughness.  Finishes savory, solidly tannic and long.  Lay this down and forget it for a good seven or eight years.

88 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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