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2010 Ernie Els Wines Merlot Stellenbosch
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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013

Good dark red.  Classic merlot aromas and flavors of plum, redcurrant, mocha, tobacco leaf and chocolate; distinctly herbal in an Old World way.  Supple and fine-grained in the mouth, with good subtle flavor intensity.  Harmonious acidity combines with ripe tannins to buffer the wine's moderate sweetness and give it a solid structure for further evolution in bottle.

90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Merlot

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