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Rubicon

Meerlust, Rubicon 2015

R375

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Notes

61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot.

A culmination of viticultural factors and the incredible 2015 vintage have resulted in the best Meerlust Rubicon we have ever tasted. With 21 vintages at Meerlust under his belt, Cellar Master Chris Williams agrees, believing that their vineyards have matured fully and viticultural methods have been perfected to capture the greatness of 2015.

Rubicon has always maintained a classical stance and, exuding terroir, it really shines in dry, moderately warm vintages. The benchmark 2009 showed signs of being a great modern Rubicon but we had to wait until 2015 to taste something really special. The 2015 Rubicon possesses a beautiful purity of fruit, incredible poise and extraordinary depth. Supported by a slither of new oak and detailed tannins, it is finely balanced and will drink well from 2020. Taut, yet ripe tannins provide a towering structure which will allow it to age well for 2 decades, or more.

While South African fine wine has reached an all-time high of international decree, the industry has been characterised by small batches of inaccessible wines. The Rubicon is a game-changer as it is produced in significant volumes and matches the production levels of Left Bank Grand Cru Classe Bordeaux. This is South Africa’s Rubicon moment – a local fine wine distributed around the world, carrying impressive heritage and its icon brand equity.

For those considering laying down a few cases, Rubicon has achieved a 15% annual return across its best vintages over the last 2 decades. There is no better investment wine in SA, or perhaps anywhere.

The 2015 vintage was generous and the selection for Rubicon came from 100 different parcels across 25 vineyards. It comes in at 14,2% alcohol.

Tasting notes:
‘A mesmerizingly dark black purple colour, this youthful wine is wonderfully crystalline, focused and pure, possessing such pretty aromatics of cherry blossom, rose petals, caramelised cranberries, violets, cherry pie, raspberry infused herbal tea and a subtle creamy vanilla pod extravagance. The palate is ultra-suave, opulent yet effortlessly fresh and defined, supremely balanced and concentrated. Such gorgeous depth and seamless elegance, a tantalizing brûléed buttered brown toast complexity, creamy filigree tannins and an incredibly long, spellbinding finish. This is going to be a definite future icon vintage on par with the very best Cru Classe wines produced in Bordeaux but at a fraction of the price. Get in early, get in quick, and go long. This is one of the most profound Rubicons of the modern era. Drink from 2020 to 2045+.’ – Greg Sherwood MW, 97+/100

'The 2015 Rubicon had been a source of contention prior to my visit, hailed by some respected commentators as one of the Cape’s greats and then almost pilloried in a contemporaneous blind tasting. It is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, each fermented separately before blending. It was matured for 18 months in 66% new oak and the remainder second-fill. So what do I make of the wine? It is clear in color with quite a deep core. The bouquet is refined and focused, offering attractive mint- and graphite-infused black and red fruit and perhaps leaning a little more toward the latter compared to previous vintages. With aeration, subtle touches of pencil shavings emerge. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin and quite velvety in texture, displaying very well integrated new oak. There is a satisfying sense of harmony to this Rubicon and it is certainly well constructed, but it does not possess that peacock’s tail on the finish that takes a very good wine to the level of great. Perfectly enjoyable, and it demonstrates very good winemaking; however, when compared to, say, the 2015 Paul Sauer, it just falls a little short. [I tasted this sighted and then in a mini blind tasting to confirm.]' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 92/100

61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot.

A culmination of viticultural factors and the incredible 2015 vintage have resulted in the best Meerlust Rubicon we have ever tasted. With 21 vintages at Meerlust under his belt, Cellar Master Chris Williams agrees, believing that their vineyards have matured fully and viticultural methods have been perfected to capture the greatness of 2015.

Rubicon has always maintained a classical stance and, exuding terroir, it really shines in dry, moderately warm vintages. The benchmark 2009 showed signs of being a great modern Rubicon but we had to wait until 2015 to taste something really special. The 2015 Rubicon possesses a beautiful purity of fruit, incredible poise and extraordinary depth. Supported by a slither of new oak and detailed tannins, it is finely balanced and will drink well from 2020. Taut, yet ripe tannins provide a towering structure which will allow it to age well for 2 decades, or more.

While South African fine wine has reached an all-time high of international decree, the industry has been characterised by small batches of inaccessible wines. The Rubicon is a game-changer as it is produced in significant volumes and matches the production levels of Left Bank Grand Cru Classe Bordeaux. This is South Africa’s Rubicon moment – a local fine wine distributed around the world, carrying impressive heritage and its icon brand equity.

For those considering laying down a few cases, Rubicon has achieved a 15% annual return across its best vintages over the last 2 decades. There is no better investment wine in SA, or perhaps anywhere.

The 2015 vintage was generous and the selection for Rubicon came from 100 different parcels across 25 vineyards. It comes in at 14,2% alcohol.

Tasting notes:
‘A mesmerizingly dark black purple colour, this youthful wine is wonderfully crystalline, focused and pure, possessing such pretty aromatics of cherry blossom, rose petals, caramelised cranberries, violets, cherry pie, raspberry infused herbal tea and a subtle creamy vanilla pod extravagance. The palate is ultra-suave, opulent yet effortlessly fresh and defined, supremely balanced and concentrated. Such gorgeous depth and seamless elegance, a tantalizing brûléed buttered brown toast complexity, creamy filigree tannins and an incredibly long, spellbinding finish. This is going to be a definite future icon vintage on par with the very best Cru Classe wines produced in Bordeaux but at a fraction of the price. Get in early, get in quick, and go long. This is one of the most profound Rubicons of the modern era. Drink from 2020 to 2045+.’ – Greg Sherwood MW, 97+/100

'The 2015 Rubicon had been a source of contention prior to my visit, hailed by some respected commentators as one of the Cape’s greats and then almost pilloried in a contemporaneous blind tasting. It is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, each fermented separately before blending. It was matured for 18 months in 66% new oak and the remainder second-fill. So what do I make of the wine? It is clear in color with quite a deep core. The bouquet is refined and focused, offering attractive mint- and graphite-infused black and red fruit and perhaps leaning a little more toward the latter compared to previous vintages. With aeration, subtle touches of pencil shavings emerge. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin and quite velvety in texture, displaying very well integrated new oak. There is a satisfying sense of harmony to this Rubicon and it is certainly well constructed, but it does not possess that peacock’s tail on the finish that takes a very good wine to the level of great. Perfectly enjoyable, and it demonstrates very good winemaking; however, when compared to, say, the 2015 Paul Sauer, it just falls a little short. [I tasted this sighted and then in a mini blind tasting to confirm.]' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 92/100

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GS 97+

Country

ZA

Region

Stellenbosch

Style

Red

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