2010 Rustenberg "John X Merriman" Bordeaux Blend Stellenbosch
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 John X Merriman is a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc that is raised in 46% new barrels. It has quite an elegant bouquet with lifted raspberry, wild strawberry and dark chocolate scents. The palate is medium-bodied with a smooth, fleshy opening. There are layers of mocha-tinged red berry fruit and a harmonious, toasty finish that retains respectable freshness. This is a well-crafted Bordeaux blend equidistant between classic and modern. Drink now-2022.
The 2010 "John X Merriman" blend contains 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec. Randolph Christians is the fifth winemaker to helm this historic cellar, having taken over from Adi Badenhorst for the 2008 vintage. Writing in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, reviewer Neal Martin recently noted: "Rustenberg are one of Stellenbosch's grandees. What was pleasing to find was winemaker Randolph Christians not resting on his laurels, but really creating some very well-crafted South African wines that deliver quality and superb prices. As an introduction to the region – you cannot go much wrong with these." (12/2012)