Rustenberg John X Merriman Red, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2020
A classic Bordeaux style blend of 36% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec and 14% Petit Verdot. 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. John X Merriman is a powerful wine that rewards ageing. In its youth, the wine is worth decanting and expresses cassis, blackcurrant and dark fruits complemented with cigar tobacco and sour cherry notes. As the wine ages, and its fine-grained tannins soften, a softer, more savoury palate develops revealing wonderful drinkability and tertiary complexity.
Drink with roasted red meats.
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- Influence of Oak:
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- South Africa
- Primary Grape/Blend:
- Boredaux Blend Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon