90 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2009
($41) Saturated medium ruby. Ripe aromas and flavors of cassis, dark chocolate, licorice, menthol and dried herbs. Dense, sweet and suave, with attractive ripe acidity giving it lift, but also showing a medicinal austerity today. This persistent but seriously backward wine is very young and needs several years of cellaring.
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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Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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