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Meerlust, Rubicon 2017 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Stellenbosch
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SKU
Meerlust_Rubicon_750ml_2017
R440

Critic Score

96+
GS
The 2015 Rubicon became the fastest-selling Rubicon ever. With 2017 vying for 'vintage of the decade' in Stellenbosch, the 2017 Rubicon is sure to follow. In contrast to the more powerful 2015, the 2017 is more elegant and refined with Meerlust's classic freshness.

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'The 2017 Rubicon is a classical blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, each vinified separately before undergoing malolactic fermentation in 300 litre French Nevers oak barrels, 60% new and 40% second fill. Deep purple-black in colour, the intensity and gravitas of this vintage is highlighted by the tight, dense, dark broody aromatics that require more than a little coaxing out the glass before revealing a very focused, slightly introverted bouquet of complex, tightly interwoven notes of violets, black currant preserve, black plum, Black Forest gateaux and hoisin sauce with backing notes of dried fennel, salty black liquorice, spicy cedar and an exotic Asian 5 spice nuance. While 2017 certainly stands out as another classical year of exceptional quality, the vintage will surely be remembered for its stand-out elegance, seamless palate textures and its signature weightless intensity and concentration. This Rubicon does of course possess plenty of stuffing and dazzles with gentle waves of blackberry crumble, crème de cassis, macerated black cherries, freshly tilled earth, unsmoked smoked cigars and a finely textured, powdery tannin frame that dries the palate on the finish and reminds the drinker that this wine, however enjoyable in its youth, is also built for extended ageing. This really is another exquisite vintage with charm and poise, Grand Vin potency and an overt, unbridled determination to deliver long-term drinking pleasure. Drink from 2022 to 2040+.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 96+/100

'Celebrated cab-based Bordeaux flagship since debut 1980. 2017 cab increased from 49% in 2016 (4.5 stars, 93 pts) to 68%, with merlot, cab franc, petit verdot. Classic, elegant; dark berry, cedary scents still introverted, though suggest depth & future complexity. Firm structure. 60% new oak.' – Platter's Guide, 5* (95/100)
More Information
Alcohol 13.9%
Technical analysis RS: 2.56 g/L | TA: 5.9 g/L | PH: 3.52
Variety Bordeaux Blend
Blend information 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot
Rating GS 96+
Winemaker Chris Williams
Body Medium-bodied
Drink to Drink or cellar
Producer information Meerlust Estate, owned by the Myburgh family, has been in the family for eight generations. Located 5km from False Bay, the property was given the name 'Meerlust' from the original owner, which means 'pleasure of the sea'. The Meerlust name is synonymous with tradition, elegance and longevity. In fact, it was their Cabernet Sauvignon, produced since 1975, that was the first to carry the Meerlust label.
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