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Meerlust Estate Rubicon 2018 Red Wine South Africa 75cl

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Meerlust Estate Rubicon is an almost iconic Bordeaux-blend from Stellenbosch, South Africa. It is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. 2018 is a very successful vintage for this wine, the warmth of the vintage showcased through the lovely ripe tannins, whilst the altitude and proximity of the vineyards to the ocean have engendered a fresh feel to the wine.

Meerlust estate has been part of the Myburgh family since 1756, now under the custody of Hannes Myburgh. They are widely regarded as the pioneers of the Bordeaux-blend in South Africa, when Nico Myburgh visited the Bordeaux region in the 1970s and noted climatic and soil similarities between there and his homeland on the coast of South Africa. By 1980, Meerlust produced the first Bordeaux-blend from the region, and an icon was born.

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Pairs well with…

  • Duck
  • Fungi
  • Potato
  • Red Meat
  • White Meat

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95 Points - Greg Sherwood, The Wine Safari
Grape: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
This is a classically styled, complex Bordeaux-blend, with layer upon layer of black fruit, tea, dried mint, leather, cedar and graphite. In the mouth, it is powerful and broad, with sturdy tannins, and has benefited from time in bottle, becoming velvety and harmonious. Slightly more approachable in its youth, compared to other recent vintages, though it will still age confidently for many years to come.
This will work with roasted or grilled red meat. For vegetarians, robust dishes are the best match, such as miso-roasted aubergine; fried porcini mushrooms or hearty stews based on pulses and tomatoes.

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Wine Brand Meerlust
Country South Africa
Volume (cl) 75
ABV (% vol) 14
Wine Style Full bodied
Red Wine Expression Complex, Elegant, Oaked, Rich, Smooth
Wine Region Stellenbosch
Gift boxed No
South African Bordeaux blend
This is as good a Bordeaux blend as anything made outside France, and a good deal better than most within Bordeaux itself. Compares very well to an excellent Haut-Médoc costing twice as much or more; closer in character to Pauillac than to Margaux. This is a magnificent wine for the price.
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