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2009 Neil Ellis Wines Pinotage Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
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88(+?)? Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013

Bright, full red-ruby.  Musky, peppery aromas of red and dark berries, tree bark and earth, plus a ripe chocolatey nuance.  Concentrated and very ripe on the palate, with pliant flavors of roasted red berries and spices.  Finishes with substantial dusty, broad tannins, good length and some slightly spiky acidity.

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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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Pinotage

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