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South African reds - a mixed bag
22 Jun 2009 by Jancis Robinson
These tasting notes on 57 South African reds were made at a blind tasting for business class on British Airways last year. This selection is clearly not the crème de la crème, and is a slightly dated snapshot of Cape red. I found many of the wines pretty unsubtle - a bit like the reds made elsewhere up to five years ago. There were not too many real duds, but only a handful of really exciting wines. On the basis of this selection, there seemed to be quite a bit of work to be done on tannin management, but then, as I say, I know of many better South African reds than the ones submitted for this particular airline tender. Click on the...

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