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2009 Neil Ellis Wines The Left Bank Western Cape
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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2011

(a blend based on 47% cabernet sauvignon and 35% shiraz):  Dark red.  Expressive aromas and flavors of crushed dark berries, tree bark, licorice, pepper and spice cake.  Offers lovely sweetness but the mid-palate is also given good shape by a firm edge of acidity.  I find this both riper and more structured than the last vintage I tasted, the 2007.  Finishes with substantial but ripe, broad tannins.

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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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