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Meerlust Rubicon South Africa Red 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

The Meerlust Rubicon is made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes. It has an intense, opaque deep ruby colour, with very slight gradation to the rim. Bright and vivacious in the glass, it is very youthful. The nose is brooding and restrained at this stage, yet beginning to emerge with deep, dark fruit, cassis, plum and black cherry. There is a pronounced minerality on the nose with graphite, cedar smoke and cigar box bouquet. The palate is beautifully structured, fuller bodied than some earlier vintages of Rubicon due to the intensity of the fruit and intricate tannin structure. The wine exhibits rich juiciness and savour already, but the compactness and sinewy taughtness of this young wine suggest a long maturation potential. The perfectly formed, ripe tannins are densely packed and tightly woven but remain lithe and almost powdery, giving the wine a generous opulence even at this early phase of its development.

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Meerlust:
Long recognized for producing world-class wines, Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myburgh family since 1756. Today, the traditional dedication to the art of winemaking continues under the guidance of Hannes Myburgh, eighth generation custodian of this seventeenth-century national monument. Meerlust, with its historic manor house, classic wine cellar, family cemetery, dovecote and bi... Read more
Long recognized for producing world-class wines, Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myburgh family since 1756. Today, the traditional dedication to the art of winemaking continues under the guidance of Hannes Myburgh, eighth generation custodian of this seventeenth-century national monument. Meerlust, with its historic manor house, classic wine cellar, family cemetery, dovecote and bird sanctuary is situated fifteen kilometers south of Stellenbosch, with the blue crescent of False Bay a mere five kilometers away. The Estate is uniquely positioned for the production of wines with exceptional complexity and character. In the summertime, ocean breezes and evening mists roll in from the coast to cool the vineyards. The grapes ripen slowly, thus achieving full, concentrated varietal flavours. The soil consists of predominantly deep, well drained Hutton and Clovelly soil types, affording the vines excellent drought resistance and an ideal substrata for producing concentrated, complex wines. One hundred and ten hectares are planted with varieties such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Pinot Noir. Read less

Member Reviews for Meerlust Rubicon South Africa Red

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Snooth User: CageyT
2840241,554
4.00 5
10/23/2009

Highly underrated...


Snooth User: Pete Kleinman
68926143
3.50 5
01/04/2011

Dark color. Lively nose with strong currant/blackberry. Leather. Good tannins. Nicely balanced.


External Reviews for Meerlust Rubicon South Africa Red

External Review
Source: ONLINEWEINKELLER.de
07/16/2010

Rubicon 2005 - Meerlust: Rubicon 2005 - Rotwein von Meerlust Wine EstateMeerlust macht Lust auf mehr und der Rubicon bedient diese Lust seit rund 30 Jahren und ist damit einer der Klassiker Südafrikas. Im Glas leuchtet dieser Rotwein rubinrot mit kirschroten, jugendlichen Schattierungen am Rand. Zu kräftigen Brombeeraromen gesellen sich in seinem Bukett rauchige, fast torfige Noten nach Zigarrenkiste, Kaffee und Tabak, wobei Assoziationen zu Cassis das kräftige Aroma etwas abmildern. Er ist körperreich, hat einen stark entwickelten Fruchtkern und eine erdige Mineralität, was von stofflich glatten Gerbsäuren umhüllt wird. Der Nachhall ist vitalisierend, trocken, angenehm und von nachhaltiger Güte.Dieser Wein schmeckt hervorragend zu würzigen Wildpasteten, geschmorter Lammkeule, Wildgeflügel und reifem Hartkäse.Weingut: Meerlust Wine EstateLand: SüdafrikaRegion: StellenboschRebsorten: 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 10% Cabernet FrancInhalt: 0,75 lAlkoholgehalt: 14,5 Vol.%Säuregehalt: 5,5 g/LRestsüße: 2,5 g/LEmpfohlene Serviertemperatur: 16 - 18 °CFassreife: in Barriques gereift (24 Monate)Lagerfähigkeit: 10 - 15 Jahre ab JahrgangAuszeichnungen des Meerlust Rubicon 2005:4.5 Platter Stars Decanter July 2009 -Best New World Red Rotwein > Südafrika > Stellenbosch


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
04/21/2010

Intensives, dichtes und dunkles Rubinrot, Im Bukett röstig, schwarze Schokolade, enorme Aromavielfalt entfaltet sich, edel, finessereich mit sehr viel Aromadruck, im Gaumen noch jung, zeigt ein sehr reiche Konzentration mit perfekter Eleganz, die massigen Tannine wirken moderat und perfekt abgerundet, ein wahrhaft grosser Wein! Wiird sich sehr schön entwickeln.



The Meerlust Rubicon is made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes. It has an intense, opaque deep ruby colour, with very slight gradation to the rim. Bright and vivacious in the glass, it is very youthful. The nose is brooding and restrained at this stage, yet beginning to emerge with deep, dark fruit, cassis, plum and black cherry. There is a pronounced minerality on the nose with graphite, cedar smoke and cigar box bouquet. The palate is beautifully structured, fuller bodied than some earlier vintages of Rubicon due to the intensity of the fruit and intricate tannin structure. The wine exhibits rich juiciness and savour already, but the compactness and sinewy taughtness of this young wine suggest a long maturation potential. The perfectly formed, ripe tannins are densely packed and tightly woven but remain lithe and almost powdery, giving the wine a generous opulence even at this early phase of its development.

Wine Specs:

Sugar: 2.45 grams per liter

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