Meerlust Rubicon

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Region:
Stellenbosch
Grape Variety:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Grape Variety:
Merlot
Grape Variety:
Cabernet Franc
Bottle Size:
750ml
ABV:
14%
Vintage:
2016

“An invitingly youthful, opulent nose bursting with blueberry pie, vanilla pod spice, violets, cedar wood and polished mahogany. Very impressive with lifted black currant and raisined cranberry notes, the complexity of this wine is mesmerising. The palate is wonderfully suave, fleshy and elegant, showing superb harmony and balance combined with Cabernet Sauvignon backbone, power and breadth. There are lashings of delicious sweet cassis, black currant pastille, blueberries, and seductive creamy oak vanillins. Such a polished example, finely tuned, and positively oozes with class and pedigree. This impressive 2014 should drink well now and for another 25+ years if well cellared. Bravo Hannes Myburgh and winemaker Chris Williams.” (Wine Safari Score: 94+/100 Greg Sherwood MW)

The 2014 Rubicon displays the restraint and elegance of the cooler vintage. Still showing a very deep, youthful colour, and intense almost purple hue. Beautifully perfumed and floral nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood and intense spiciness. A typical liquorice note and stony minerality also evident on the nose. Still youthful and intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is medium bodied, structured by beautifully sleek, ripe tannins which restrain the vibrant delicate fruit typical of this vintage, giving the wine an opulent texture which is kept focused by the linear acidity. The wine lingers on the palate with creamy fruit mouthfiilling tannins (67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot).

The 2016 Rubicon shows great charm and drinkability even at this early stage, no doubt a result of the high Merlot and Cabernet Franc composition. We were very cautious with regards to tannic structure as some of the later Cabs exhibited astringency which we wanted to minimise in the final blend. Wonderful exotic aromas of plum, sandalwood and perfume, still with a touch of creamy vanilla. The palate is medium bodied with a forward dark fruit flavour of cassis and mulberry followed by a lithe tannic structure fleshed out with juicy fruit. The impression is one of litheness and grace rather than over-arching power (49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot).

Region:
Stellenbosch
Grape Variety:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Grape Variety:
Merlot
Grape Variety:
Cabernet Franc
Bottle Size:
750ml
ABV:
14%
Vintage:
2016
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