Famed for it’s world class wines, Meerlust (meaning “pleasure of the sea”), is situated 5km from False Bay (and 15km south of Stellenbosch). The natural cooling influences from the coast allow for grapes to ripen slower, in turn producing wines of freshness, elegance and above all complexity. Meerlust Rubicon is a classic Cape blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Showing a deep, purple in hue, the nose reveals wild violets, ripe plum, cedar wood, fennel and an intense spiciness, with typical graphite and liquorice. The palate is rich with rounded tannins and a bright acidity. Packed full of fresh dark fruits, toasted oak and vanilla on the finish. This is a standout South African red playing homage to the classic Bordeaux blends. Still young, Meerlust Rubicon will age gracefully for many years to come!
“…Deep purple-black in colour, the intensity and gravitas of this vintage is highlighted by the tight, dense, dark broody aromatics that require more than a little coaxing out the glass before revealing a very focused, slightly introverted bouquet of complex, tightly interwoven notes of violets, black currant preserve, black plum, Black Forest gateaux and hoisin sauce with backing notes of dried fennel, salty black liquorice, spicy cedar and an exotic Asian 5 spice nuance. While 2017 certainly stands out as another classical year of exceptional quality, the vintage will surely be remembered for its stand-out elegance, seamless palate textures and its signature weightless intensity and concentration. This Rubicon does of course possess plenty of stuffing and dazzles with gentle waves of blackberry crumble, crème de cassis, macerated black cherries, freshly tilled earth, unsmoked cigars and a finely textured, powdery tannin frame that dries the palate on the finish and reminds the drinker that this wine, however enjoyable in its youth, is also built for extended ageing. This really is another exquisite vintage with charm and poise, Grand Vin potency and an overt, unbridled determination to deliver long-term drinking pleasure…” – 96 Pts, Greg Sherwood, TheWineSafari.com