Meerlust Rubicon MAGNUM 2004

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Vintage: 2004

Producer: Meerlust Estate

Meerlust has been owned by the Myburgh family since 1756 and today is run by the eighth generation, Hannes Myburgh. The estate's modern era began in the 1960s when Nico Myburgh visited Bordeaux and brought back his learnings on grape varieties and blending in particular, believing Bordeaux and Stellenbosch to have similar terroir. Rubicon, first made in 1984, is Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant with some Merlot and Cabernet Franc and was one of South Africa's first blended wines. It is only made when the vintage is deemed good enough.

The estate is named for its ocean view, Meerlust meaning 'pleasure of the ocean'. The vineyards benefit from cooling ocean breezes and evening mists during the summer, which helps lengthen the growing season and allows grapes to ripen more slowly. The deep soils are rich in clay and granite, which is excellent for the Bordeaux varieties: Merlot on the rich clay and Cabernet on the well-drained granite. Pinot Noir is planted in the most elevated part of the vineyard, where it is cooler.

Tasting Notes: Concentrated and grippy, with dark, roasted plum, black licorice, charcoal, mesquite, and bittersweet cocoa notes. Traditional in vein, with an iron- and earth-filled finish that should soften nicely with cellaring. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. tannins.

Country: South Africa

Region: Stellenbosch

Grape Variety:  63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc

Alcohol percentage: 14.0%

Size: 1500ml

Style: Red

SKU: C68052-1500


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