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2008 De Trafford Wines Elevation 393 Stellenbosch
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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013

(a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, shiraz and cabernet franc):  Bright, dark red.  Currant, minerals, truffle and smoky oak on the nose, with hints of coffee and game.  Sweet and lush but cool, with intense, youthfully medicinal black cherry and mint flavors framed by well-integrated acidity and complicated by saline minerality.  The long, rising, gripping finish shows the flinty, saline syrah component, which comprises 20% of the blend, along with notes of chocolate and herbs.  Tannins are broad and sweet.  A very successful blend.

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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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