Meerlust Rubicon 2015, Meerlust Estate
South Africa / Stellenbosch
Andy's Tasting Notes
Already an iconic wine with an international reputation – this vintage further enhances the superb quality of this famous Bordeaux blend.
Definitely made in an old world rather than new world style. It’s polished and refined with glorious intensity yet also superb elegance, poise and balance. Lovely fragrance – cassis, sage, tobacco, mint and cedar.
Lovely to drink now (decant 2hrs+) or keep till 2022-2030 and watch this develop further complexity.
61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot
Price per bottle £26.50
23 in stock
Winemaker production notes – Very early on we recognized that 2015 had the potential for true greatness, and so our viticulture and winemaking practices focused on capitalizing on the perfect weather conditions. Coupled with this, most of our vineyards over 2 decades old, ensuring perfect balance between vigour and crop size. The 2015 Rubicon is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23 % Merlot, 12 % Cabernet Franc and 4 % Petit Verdot, each variety was fermented separately before undergoing malolactic fermentation in 300 L barrels, 66% new French Nevers and 44% second fill casks. After 9 months in barrel, the components were blended and given another 9 months in barrel for harmonization before bottling.
Growing fine wines on the Meerlust Estate has been part of the Myburgh family tradition for eight generations, beginning in 1756. Long recognized for producing world-class wines, the Meerlust Estate is singularly rich in charm and history. The first owner of the property, a German immigrant named Henning Huising, recognized the beauty and potential of the farm and settled here in 1693. He named his new-found home “Meerlust”, meaning “pleasure of the sea”, as the manor house sits on a granite outcrop only 5 km from False Bay, and in the warm summer months the vineyards are refreshed by ocean breezes and evening mists which roll in from the coast.
Food matchBest end of lamb with mushroom duxelle
Awards & Critic Reviews
Greg Sherwood MW: 97/100 pts. “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.“