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2008 De Trafford Wines Shiraz Blueprint Stellenbosch
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2011

Bright ruby-red.  Pungent, medicinal aromas of blackberry, plum, licorice and dark chocolate.  Then densely packed and juicy, with very good lift to the dark plum, licorice and bitter chocolate flavors.  I'd wait a couple years for this wine to expand.

91 Points | Wine Spectator
90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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