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2008 De Toren Z Stellenbosch
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2008 De Toren Z Stellenbosch

Producer: De Toren
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Bordeaux Blend
Origin: South Africa
Region: South Africa

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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2011

(a five-variety Bordeaux blend based on 45% merlot and 27% cabernet sauvignon blanc; the 15% malbec component was aged in American oak):  Good deep red with ruby tones.  Sexy aromas of blackberry, spices and violet.  Suave, sweet and deep, with lovely integrated acidity contributing to the wine's seamless texture.  Offers considerable early appeal but has the structure for aging too, finishing with savory, firm-edged tannins.  Very much in a Right Bank style, unusual for a Bordeaux blend in South Africa.

90 Points | Wine Spectator

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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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