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Von Ortloff (South Africa) "No 7" Merlot 1997
Vivid crimson colour with a deep, baked-plum, tobacco and chocolate nose. The fruit has a serious, firm edge. Quite old world in style (Pomerol) the wine is creamy and savoury with a leathery quality, but lots of rich dark fruit and oak too. Balanced and with good length, this is a very nicely weighted and classy wine. Oddbins 6.99