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A friend brought this wine to the table, straight from her visit to South Africa.  A Shiraz from the Stellenbosch region that I found out costs about $9.  We were sitting outside on a warm humid evening in very low light so I could not really see the color.  The nose was very impressive: layers of plum, oak, spice and blueberry.  Alas, very thin and watery on the palate.  A huge disappointment as I was relishing the flavors I had already smelt.  I coaxed the plum and berry components out, and managed to enjoy the wine once I got over the weight.  The overall impression was that this could have been a really good wine, the acidity, balance and tannins were all lined up.   2 stars and 82 points.

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