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2009 Mulderbosch Vineyards Faithful Hound Stellenbosch

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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013

(54% cabernet sauvignon, 27% merlot, 8% each cabernet franc and petit verdot, and 3% malbec):  Good medium ruby-red.  Blackberry, black raspberry, coffee, mocha, woodsmoke and peppery herbs on the nose.  Rich, silky and fine-grained in a distinctly Old World way, offering complex, subtle notes of berries, tobacco leaf, fresh herbs, woodsmoke and soil in a very harmonious package.  Finishes savory and long, with suave tannins and lingering spice and tobacco leaf notes.  This held up very well in the recorked bottle.

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Cabernet Sauvignon

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