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2008 Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block Franschhoek
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2011

(a blend of 69% syrah, 12% grenache, 10% cabernet sauvignon, 7% cinsault and 2% viognier):  Bright, dark ruby-red.  Sexy, precise aromas of black raspberry, violet, licorice, woodsmoke and spicecake.  Silky on entry, then bright and savory in the middle, with very good intensity to the dark berry flavors.  Seems more serious than previous vintages.  Today the wine's suave tannins cover the fruit on the brisk but seamless finish.  I'd cellar this impressively long blend for at least a couple of 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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