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2011 Ernie Els Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch
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90(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013

Good bright red-ruby.  Restrained, pure aromas of cassis, licorice mint and herbs.  Densely packed and rich, with a lovely sugar/acid balance to its flavors of cassis, minerals and spicecake; showing less herbal character than the 2010 merlot.  Serious cabernet with a firm tannic spine and brambly dark fruit and pepper flavors spreading out nicely to saturate the palate on the lingering finish.  Makes the merlot tannins seem a bit dry by comparison, but this cabernet will be even better for some time in bottle.

90 Points | Wine Spectator
85 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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