87 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013
Full, deep red. Spicy aromas of mulberry, pepper and smoke. Supple and moderately rich, with red berry and roasted plum flavors complicated by peppery spices. Could use a bit more nuance and energy. Finishes with dusty tannins and a repeating note of woodsmoke.
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... Read More »
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