92 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2011
Pale yellow-green. Fascinating, nuanced nose combines orange blossom, musky ginger, minerals, honey and wild herbs. Lush but firm and dry, offering a seriously chewy texture and restrained flavors of soft citrus, honey and lanolin complemented by a hint of nutty oak. Rich but subtle wine, finishing with a minerally reserve and excellent persistence. There's no rush to drink this.
91 Points | Wine Spectator
About South Africa
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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