Meerlust Rubicon 2015

Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

—VINTAGES#: 64329
Meerlust Rubicon 2015
The 2015 Rubicon had been a source of contention prior to my visit, hailed by some respected commentators as one of the Cape's greats and then almost pilloried in a contemporaneous blind tasting. It is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, each fermented separately before blending. It was matured for 18 months in 66% new oak and the remainder second-fill. So what do I make of the wine? It is clear in color with quite a deep core. The bouquet is refined and focused, offering attractive mint- and graphite-infused black and red fruit and perhaps leaning a little more toward the latter compared to previous vintages. With aeration, subtle touches of pencil shavings emerge. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin and quite velvety in texture, displaying very well integrated new oak. There is a satisfying sense of harmony to this Rubicon and it is certainly well constructed, but it does not possess that peacock's tail on the finish that takes a very good wine to the level of great. Perfectly enjoyable, and it demonstrates very good winemaking ... Score - 92. (Neal Martin, vinous.com, Aug. 2018)
$46.95

Product Details

Release Date:
January 19, 2019
750 mL bottle
Alcohol/Vol
14.0%
Made in:
Stellenbosch, South Africa
By:
Meerlust Trust
Sugar Content:
4 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor:
XD - Extra Dry
Style:
Medium-bodied & Fruity
Varietal:
Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

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