2007 Meerlust "Rubicon" Red Bordeaux Blend Stellenbosch

SKU #1089422 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 74% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot and 11% cabernet franc. Bright, saturated ruby-red. Brooding aromas of cassis, dark chocolate, licorice, violet and pepper. Dense, broad and sweet, with a youthful reserve to the intense flavors of dark berries, tobacco and spices. Already shows a plush texture but there's terrific sappy energy at the core. Finishes very long and aromatic, with fine, building tannins and the structure for long aging.  (5/ 2011)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Top 100 Cellar Selections 2012* One of the best vintages of Rubicon to date, and for the price it’s a fantastic value that’s great for building up your cellar. Right now, the wine is still young and tight, with firm, gripping tannins that need some time to mellow. Fortunately, there’s a great concentrated blackfruit core and enough acidity alongside the tannins to support long-term aging. Spicy and earthy, with accents of black tea, cedar and crushed violets. Try after 2016. Cellar Selection.  (5/ 2012)

K&L Notes

Five Stars - Platter's Wine Guide 2012. Very deep, youthful colour, intense almost purple hue. Very classic Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood and intense spiciness. Still young and intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured but packed with fresh dark fruit and rounded, linear tannins.

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By: Jim Chanteloup |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/12/2012  | Send Email
I've always been a fan of this wine, and along with Rustenberg's John X Merriman has always had a more traditional Bordeaux fell to it. And, this may one of the best they've done in recent memory. The wine is a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc that has a lifted bouquet of violets, dark plum, cassis, bittersweet chocolate and a hint of tobacco leaf (think Graves)that soar from the glass. On the palate there are ripe supple tannins that bode well for the cellar, but can be enjoyed now with a little time in the decanter. Bravo.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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South Africa

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