Rustenberg John X Merriman Red, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2016
A classic Bordeaux style blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. All hand picked. Aged in oak barriques (35% new French; 65% second- and third-fill) for 20 months.
This classic South African red wine is produced from low-yielding, mature vines on the South-West slopes of the Simonsberg mountain.. Plum and cigar-box aromatics prelude a multi-layered palate with an elegant tannin structure. This Bordeaux style blend typifies Rustenberg terroir and has good ageing potential, if cellared correctly.
"Claret-like structure with a little extra ripe red fruit." Decanter 92pts