Meerlust Estate Rubicon, Stellenbosch , South Africa, 2015
61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot with 18 months in French oak (66% new).
Incredibly dense purple-ebony core with very slight gradation at the rim. The nose is brooding, dark bramble fruit, cassis, plum, incense and liquorice, it is still very tightly coiled, slowly offering cigar box, crushed stone and subtle oak spice. On the palate the wine is concentrated yet restrained with dark fruit flavours of pastille, mulberry and dark chocolate, all held in an intricate lattice of polished sleek grape tannin. Still very young yet approachable, this Rubicon promises a long future of maturation and enjoyment.
"Mesmerizingly dark black purple colour, this youthful wine is wonderfully crystalline, focused and pure, possessing such pretty aromatics of cherry blossom, rose petals, caramelised cranberries, violets, cherry pie, raspberry infused herbal tea and a subtle creamy vanilla pod extravagance. The palate is ultra suave, opulent yet effortlessly fresh and defined, supremely balanced and concentrated. Such gorgeous depth and seamless elegance, a tantalizing brûléed buttered brown toast complexity, creamy filigree tannins and an incredibly long, spellbinding finish. This is going to be a definite future icon vintage on par with the very best Cru Classe wines produced in Bordeaux but at a fraction of the price. Get in early, get in quick, and go long. This is one of the most profound Rubicons of the modern era. Drink from 2020 to 2045+." (Wine Safari Score: 97+/100 Greg Sherwood MW)
Now celebrating its quarter century, Rubicon was the first Bordeaux blend produced in South Africa, and has rightly maintained its iconic status since then. A blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, each varietal is fermented separately in steel tanks and blended after malolactic fermentation. Once blended the wine is matured in Nevers oak barriques for 24 months, then aged for a further 2 years after bottling before release. The wine will age for 15 to 25 years.