90 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2011
Deep, bright red-ruby. Lively aromas of cassis, black cherry, loganberry, chocolate, mocha and mint. Juicy, sappy and intense but young--in fact, almost medicinal today but pliant and seamless. Finishes suave and firm, with dusty tannins and very good length. Give this very promising merlot a couple more years in the cellar.
93 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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Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon...
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