92 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2011
Bright red-ruby. Sexy aromas of redcurrant, plum, spices, mint and tobacco, with riper hints of chocolate and mocha. Plummy, sweet and deep; lush and seamless for a Constantia red (the alcohol content is 14.5%). Broad, fine-grained tannins are thoroughly buffered by plum and currant fruit. This plush, long, satisfying wine really perfumes the palate on the slow-building finish, which is complicated by notes of tobacco, spices and nutty, vanillin oak.
88 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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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