Meerlust Estate Rubicon
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Wine Review Online
October 10, 2018, Michael Apstein
“The 2014, currently on the market, is a wonderful youthful wine. Balanced and fresh, it has the Rubicon hallmark of gracefulness, which makes it accessible and enjoyable now.”
February 28, 2018, James Molesworth
“Mature, with polished edges to the mix of coffee, tobacco, steeped black currant and warm fig paste flavors. Light loam and savory hints add range on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2020. 1,153 cases imported.”
Meerlust Estate has been part of the Myburgh family tradition for eight generations, dating back to 1693. Long recognized for producing world-class wines, the Meerlust Estate is singularly rich in charm and history. Meerlust produces wines that are true to the intrinsic character of their vineyards located in the Stellenbosch region in South Africa. The diverse soils, the unique coastal climate and over 300 years of dedication are all essential components of Meerlust’s complex, rich and truly distinctive wines.
The cabernet sauvignon is grown on low yielding, predominantly biotite partially decomposed granite gravel topsoil rich in quartz and feldspar to a depth of approximately 600mm with a loamy clay subsoil. The merlot vineyards are planted on more clay rich, yet well drained soils to ensure moisture retention and availability to the vines roots right through the summer. There are considerable deposits of iron-rich Laterite in the merlot vineyards which accentuates the fruit definition and mineral profile of the wine. The cabernet franc vineyard is situated on very well drained, stony Vilafontes soil with approximately 20% clay which is ideal for this variety. The cabernets were given quite lengthy macerations to ensure complete extraction of the perfectly ripe fruit. The merlot was given even longer post fermentation maceration to encourage complete polymerization of complex tannins and add a broad, juicy and silky texture to the blend as a whole. Malolactic fermentation was completed in barrel for five months before assessment and assemblage. The wine spent a total of 21 months in 60% new French Nevers oak with 40% 2nd fill Nevers and Alliers barrels.
This wine pairs well with venison, game, pot roast and noble cheese. Suggested serving temperature is 64°F - 68°F.
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot
Aging Potential: 15-20 years
Suggested Retail Price: $37.99