2009 Meerlust Rubicon, Stellenbosch

2009 Meerlust Rubicon, Stellenbosch

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2009 Meerlust Rubicon, Stellenbosch

Description

Ostensibly an archetypal Medoc blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the surprise of this wine is that it’s reassuringly South African. Touchstone aromas of leaves and red peppers on the nose, the 2009 could only be Stellenbosch. On the palate the cassis and plum marry exceptionally with the more spicy elements to deliver a refreshing harmonious wine with an extremely attractive light touch. Plenty of acidity and integrated tannins will see this wine improving for another six years and drinking well to 2025.
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Meerlust Estate, Stellenbosch

Meerlust Estate, Stellenbosch

Making fine wines on the Meerlust Estate has been part of the Myburgh family tradition for eight generations, dating back to 1756. Today, the family tradition of dedication to the art of winemaking continues under the guidance of owner Hannes Myburgh, who studied winemaking at Geisenheim, Germany and Château Lafite and Chris Williams, who took over from Giorgio dalla Cia, and has brought a new energy and style to the wines.

Chris Williams was appointed cellar master in 2004 and brought a new energy and style to the wines, also enhancing the quality of the flagship wine, Rubicon – one of the first Bordeaux-style blends to be developed by a South African producer.

The estate is situated 15 kilometres south of Stellenbosch, with the blue crescent of False Bay just five kilometres away. Two hundred hectares are planted, mainly with red varieties such as Cabernet SauvignonMerlotCabernet Franc and Pinot Noir.

Meerlust is uniquely situated 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 aromas and flavours. The soil here is very much like that in Bordeaux, consisting of decomposed granite mixed with clay, and is ideal for growing grapes for fine wine.

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Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch is South Africa’s best-known wine region, producing a wide variety of wines from leading estates, even though it accounts for less than 20 per cent of the country’s total production. Designated wards within the wine region are Jonkershoek Valley, Simonsberg-Stellenbosch, Bottelary, Devon Valley and Papegaaiberg.

At 17,500 hectares, Stellenbosch remains the Cape's most famous and important fine wine district, thanks to its proximity to Cape Town, to the cooling influences of False Bay, its mountainous (ie Helderberg, Simonsberg), granitic topography and its centres of learning such as Elsenburg Agricultural College. 

It's notable for the refinement of its Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, especially from the likes of Glenelly EstateKeermont Vineyards Oldenburg Vineyards, Raats Family and Anwilka

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Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

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The Wine Advocate88/100
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The Wine Advocate88/100
The 2009 Rubicon is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot and is raised in 80% new French oak. It has a clear, smoke and green bell pepper-tinged bouquet – broody and rather introspective at the moment. The palate is soft and supple in the mouth with light dry tannins and dusky black mocha-tinged fruit. It remains fresh in the mouth but it seems to miss the complexity of other vintages toward the finish. Drink now-2018.
This was another respectable crop of wines from one of South Africa’s most recognisable names, although there was nothing that really captured the imagination except for the outstanding Meerlust Red – an absolute steal at the price. Steadfast might be the word I would use to describe these.
Neil Martin Wine Advocate #209 Oct 2013 Read more
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Sensational 2009, indisputably great vintage of venerable cab-dominated (70%) Bordeaux blend. Indulgently plush, with dark fruit that easily absorbs and integrates the oak influence (65% new barrels) to produce an impressively complex, densely structured and promising masterpiece.
4.5/5 stars, Platter Wine Guide , wineonaplatter.com, Nov 2014 Read more