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Meerlust Estate, Rubicon, Stellenbosch
Meerlust are real pro’s at making excellent South African wine, in operation since 1756 and now the eight generation of the family makes wine at the estate. The estate is situated 15km from Stellenbosch.
The micro climate here provides an excellent environment for producing wines of immense complexity. Be warned these wines are very complex and rarely provide immediate fruit palates, one for the Bordeaux fans!
The Rubicon has been in production since 1984 and is an homage to the Bordeaux style.The 2008 Rubicon is %74 Cabernet Sauvignon,8 % Merlot and 18 Cabernet Franc. The wine spent a total of 24 months in 65 % new French Nevers oak with 35 % 2nd Nevers and Alliers barrels.
Green harvesting is practiced in the vineyards, after harvesting and sorting the wines are fermented separately in stainless steel. After malo-lactic the parcels are blended and aged in oak barrique for 24 months.
Rich cassis palate with hints of liquorice, musky oak and classic cedar, very complex, excellent persistence. A real scorcher.
PLEASE NOTE: PHOTO DEPICTS 2004 VINTAGE