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2008 Warwick Estate Cabernet Sauvignon The First Lady Western Cape
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - June 2011

All cabernet sauvignon, made without new oak.  Good full medium red.  Cassis, pepper, fresh herbs and graphite on the nose.  Suave and silky but not at all overly sweet, showing a medicinal reserve to the flavors of plum, currant, licorice and mint.  A laid-back wine with a rather light touch, in an Old World style.  Finishes with dusty tannins.  This needs time in bottle to expand.

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