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2008 Kanonkop Wine Estate CWG Pinotage Stellenbosch
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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , September 2010

Medium dark red. Complex nose melds red berries, mocha, smoke, herbs and earth. Dense, sweet and concentrated, with strong raspberry fruit complicated by herbal, earthy, truffley soil tones. Serious pinotage with real energy and personality. Finishes very long and broad, with fine-grained tannins and a graceful quality. Accessible now, this has the vibrancy and balance to evolve nicely in bottle. Very suave.

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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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Pinotage

Pinotage is a recent addition to the wine world, having been created in South Africa in 1925, by Stellenbosch University Professor A.I Perold. Perold crossed the Pinot Noir and Cinsaut grapes with the aim of acquiring the best qualities of both parents: classic Pinot Noir flavors with a bountiful crop from sturdy, disease resistant vines. Initially, Pinotage failed to meet this promise, and...
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