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2011 Ernie Els Wines The Big Easy Red Blend Stellenbosch
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88(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013

(61% shiraz, 20% cabernet sauvignon, 7% grenache and 4% each cinsault, mourvedre and viognier):  Good dark, bright red.  Brooding, inky aromas of blackberry, licorice and herbs complemented by a suggestion of dried berries.  Silky on entry, then firm and a bit youthfully stunted in the middle palate, with black fruit, herb and spice flavors complicated by a leathery nuance.  Sound acidity gives this wine good lift, but I'd wait a year or two before pulling the cork.

86 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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