Rustenberg Stellenbosch John X Merriman South Africa 2007
This stunning Bordeaux blend is one of South Africa's most iconic bottlings. It's named for the Prime Minister of the Cape who purchased and revitalized part of the historical Rustenberg estate in the late 1800s. It delivers intense, smoky flavors of tobacco, cherry, licorice, and plum intertwined with complex notes of mineral and spice.
RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.
Smooth and relaxing. A bit of citrus. I wish the flavor lasted longer.
Classic vegetal (green pepper) aromas with tobacco leaf chocolate, coffee, just a hint of barnyard and a pleasant heat. Full of warm ripe black fruit and a lot of structure on the palate, with dark chocolate and more herbal vegetation. Very tasty.
deeply garnet verging on purple, full-bodied, lush tannic structure, balanced acidity. intensely minerally, almost metallic, in a super-appealing way. brambly, blackberry leaf, black coffee or dark cocoa bitterness. a little woody on the finish. I'm stealing this.
Smells of smoky wood and peppers. Nice velvety texture. Like :)
Enjoyed. Nice lingering finish. Would buy again.
Sounds delish.....wonder how it would work with Basque Chicken & Chorizo......
External Reviews for Rustenberg Stellenbosch John X Merriman South Africa
A red blend made of Cabernet, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Fruit-driven but possessing the depth of a classic Bordeaux, with flavors of tobacco and blackcurrant. Solid but integrated tannins help this wine hold up to hearty meat-based fare.
Dunkles Rubinrot. Intensives Cassisbouquet, dahinter Zwetschgen, Eukalyptus, Maulbeeren, schwarzer Pfeffer und Zedern. Sehr geradliniger JxM, der durch Finesse und Eleganz besticht. Am Gaumen reife Tannine mit perfekt fliessender Textur. Im Finale eine edle Bitternote und ein Touch Arabica.
On first impression, the nose suggests a quality-driven Left Bank Bordeaux, as herbs, new cedar and cassis mingle brilliantly on the aromatics. A more forward fruit expression of cassis and black plum on the palate is reminiscent of a Napa cab blend... Neil Mechanic. A Proprietary Blend wine from Stellenbosch in South Africa. 2007 Rustenberg John X Merriman 750ml
4 1/2 Stars, 2010 edition. Platter's South African Wine Guide. A Proprietary Blend wine from Stellenbosch in South Africa. 2007 Rustenberg John X Merriman 750ml
Bright ruby-red. Aromas of plum, minerals, graphite, licorice and mint. Big and rich but firmly structured and tight. Bright acidity — and a smaller percentage of merlot than usual — give this Bordeaux blend a youthful toughness. Finishes savory, solidly tannic and long. Lay this down and forget it for a good seven or eight years.
(47% cabernet sauvignon, 39% merlot, 7% petit verdot, 4% cabernet franc and 3% malbec): Bright ruby-red. Aromas of plum, minerals, graphite, licorice and mint. Big and rich but firmly structured and tight. Bright acidity--and a smaller percentage... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Proprietary Blend wine from Stellenbosch in South Africa. 2007 Rustenberg John X Merriman 750ml
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