Meerlust Red Bordeaux Blend Stellenbosch Rubicon 2000
TASTING NOTES Deep purple ink colour. A spicy tobacco leaf and cigar box bouquet. Firm tannins, youthful palate. The wine is well-balanced and has good ageing potential. SOIL TYPE Decomposed granite mixed with clay VINIFICATION The different varieties were fermented separately in steel tanks for 10 days. After malo-lactic fermentation the wines were blended in a ratio of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Once blended the wine was matured in Nevers barriques for 24 months. 80% new wood and 20% second fill. After bottling, the wine was further matured for 24 months before release. ANALYSIS Extract : 33.0 g/l Residual sugar : 2.1 g/l pH : 3.4 g/l Total acidity : 6.1 g/l Alcohol : 13.5 % AGEING POTENTIAL 15 – 20 years, provided wine is stored in ideal cellar conditions. IDEALLY SERVED AT 18° - 20° C COMPLEMENTS Venison, game, pot roast and noble cheese
Inky dark with ruby edges. The nose has licorice, pepper, vanilla, cigar box. Big in the mouth, but not explosive fruit. Strong tannins (perhaps another year or three might help), with strong vanilla, plums, cigar box, and toasted coconut. There is clar terroir here, not just another fruit bomb. Very long finish, coating the teeth and redolent of tart plums and tobacco.
Four and a half glasses