MEERLUST Rubicon 2018
95 points, “Wonderfully deep in colour, the nose is splendidly expressive showing quintessential Cabernet Sauvignon notes of pressed violets, black plum, raisin, blackcurrants, black salty liquorice, black chai tea, sweet cedar spice and layers of graphite and spearmint. While the aromatics are dominated by rich, dark berry fruits, the palate is classically proportioned with plenty of overt elegance and textural finesse – a great feat considering the heat and drought of the 2018 vintage. The extra bottle age before release has undoubtedly been a positive for this powerful, structured blend, helping to further round out the suave creamy tannins and harmonise the earthy black berry fruit layers, making the acids polished, glassy and fresh rather than taut and crunchy like many other 2018 reds. Unexpectedly approachable in its youth, I would have no hesitancy to cellar this super smart blend for another 10 to 15+ years.” – Greg Sherwood MW
Despite the high temperatures, the experts at Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate rated South Africa’s 2018 vintage as outstanding. That makes Rubicon, one of Stellenbosch’s most famous wines, particularly hot property this year.
This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot is hugely dense, pumped full of hedgerow brambles, blackcurrants, black plums, creamy Black Forest gateau, hoisin sauce, Chinese five spice, Italian fennel sausages, salty black olives, cigar box, liqueur chocolates and cedar. First made in 1980, this vintage demonstrates how Rubicon just seems to get better and better with each passing year. Serve alongside slow-cooked winter fare and let it warm you with all that South African sunshine.
Julius Caesar changed the course of Roman politics when he and his troops crossed the Rubicon in 49BC, and from that there was no turning back. Some two millennia later, Nico Myburgh changed the course of South African wine when, inspired by the wines of Bordeaux, he blended his Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot together, something that had rarely done before that point. Meerlust Rubicon was born and there has been no turning back for South African wine.
The Myburgh family has been making wine at Meerlust Estate for eight generations stretching back to 1756 - to think that some people call this the New World! Drive up the long, palm tree-lined driveway and you’ll discover the iconic white manor house on top of a granite outcrop, 5km from False Bay. The hot vineyards are cooled by the refreshing ocean breezes, helping the Myburghs to create wines with finesse.
SKU No.: 4022392
Style No.: 946383
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.3%