Rustenberg, John X Merriman 2019 Bottle size: 750mlSouth Africa, Stellenbosch
Notes on the 2018 vintage:
'It may not (quite) scale the same heights as the 2017, but this five-way Bordeaux red blend is still a very assured wine from the Barlows. Cassis and red berry fruit flavours are framed by 35% new wood, with a sprig of mint adding extra perfume. Drink 2022-27.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 93/100
|Technical analysis||RS: 3.4 g/L | TA: 5.6 g/L | PH: 3.72|
|Blend information||43.5% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec and 7.5% Petit Verdot|
|Drink to||Drink or cellar|
|Producer information||Rustenberg, located in the Simonsberg Mountain valley, was founded in 1682. In 1941, Peter and Pamela Barlow bought Rustenberg, as well as another farm which had originally been a part of Rustenberg. They joined the two properties and have now been running Rustenberg for over 70 years. Rustenberg is a leading producer of iconic, long-ageing wines. Stellenbosch is home to some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon terroir in the world but very few sites are more special than Rustenberg’s Peter Barlow single vineyard.|
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