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2007 Kanonkop Wine Estate CWG Paul Sauer Stellenbosch
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September 2010

Deep ruby-red. Enticing, multifaceted nose offers black raspberry, plum, fresh herbs, mocha and smoky tobacco, with a complicating whiff of game; aeration brought higher-pitched red fruits, spices and flowers. Lush on entry, then ripe but quite firm in the middle, with no easy sweetness to the deep berry, mineral and smoke flavors; black fruit at the start but more red on the back. Well-integrated acidity and serious but suave tannins give this wine a powerful structure for aging. Finishes subtle and quite long.

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2007 Kanonkop Paul Sauer
12/10/2010
by farris11694830
I am not drinking the CWG, but what I am drinking at least matches Steve's 92 point score. This is really good wine. This has been open for about an hour and improved consistently. The nose hits with smoky eucaplyptus, some coffee/espresso, and a background of creamy cassis. The palate is full and beautifully balanced, sweet red fruit but not at all fat or fatiguing with refreshing acidity at the end that makes me want another sip. Long. A wee hole in the mid-palate holds this back from greatness, but its really awfully good. Very Bordeaux in a 2000 or 2005 sort of way. I'm buyin' it.

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