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2011 Neil Ellis Wines The Left Bank Western Cape

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

(46% cabernet sauvignon, 33% shiraz, 15% merlot and 6% cabernet franc):  Good dark red.  Musky aromas and flavors of red- and blackcurrant, black cherry, menthol and licorice, plus suggestions of coffee and mocha.  Bright acidity gives cut and energy, not to mention immediate appeal, to the moderately deep middle palate.  Finishes with a touch of herbal bitterness but the tannins are fairly light.

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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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