Meerlust Estate Rubicon Stellenbosch 2016

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
DE 93
WA 90
WS 90
14.0% ABV
Item # 702591

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750ml
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93 points Andy Howard, MW (Decanter): "Cedar wood, spice, a touch of fynbos on nose and palate. Good acidity and layers of flavour that balance the ripe fruit, with a deft touch. Drink: 2021-2028. Alcohol 14%. (Apr 2020)"

90+ points Anthony Mueller (Wine Advocate): "The 2016 Rubicon has an expressive nose of mulberry with subtle oak and red and brown spices. Comprised of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the full-bodied palate is still tight and structured with a grippy, chewy edge, but elegance can be gained with age and this wine ends well structured with focused balance. Drink: 2019-2032. (Oct 2019)"

90 points Wine Spectator: "[$38 list] Very Old World in style, with a graceful profile and mouthwatering acidity standing firmly behind notes of cherry, savory mineral, rose hip and rosemary. Supple tannins create good harmony and give this more muscle. Needs a bit more time, but well-executed. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2021 through 2029. (4/30/20)"

Producer notes: "49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. The 2016 Rubicon shows great charm and drinkability even at this early stage, no doubt a result of the high Merlot and Cabernet Franc composition. We were very cautious with regards to tannic structure as some of the later Cabs exhibited astringency which we wanted to minimise in the final blend. Wonderful exotic aromas of plum, sandalwood and perfume, still with a touch of creamy vanilla. The palate is medium bodied with a forward dark fruit flavour of cassis and mulberry followed by a lithe tannic structure fleshed out with juicy fruit. The impression is one of litheness and grace rather than over-arching power. Alcohol 13.9%."
93 points Andy Howard, MW (Decanter): "Cedar wood, spice, a touch of fynbos on nose and palate. Good acidity and layers of flavour that balance the ripe fruit, with a deft touch. Drink: 2021-2028. Alcohol 14%. (Apr 2020)"

90+ points Anthony Mueller (Wine Advocate): "The 2016 Rubicon has an expressive nose of mulberry with subtle oak and red and brown spices. Comprised of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the full-bodied palate is still tight and structured with a grippy, chewy edge, but elegance can be gained with age and this wine ends well structured with focused balance. Drink: 2019-2032. (Oct 2019)"

90 points Wine Spectator: "[$38 list] Very Old World in style, with a graceful profile and mouthwatering acidity standing firmly behind notes of cherry, savory mineral, rose hip and rosemary. Supple tannins create good harmony and give this more muscle. Needs a bit more time, but well-executed. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2021 through 2029. (4/30/20)"

Producer notes: "49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. The 2016 Rubicon shows great charm and drinkability even at this early stage, no doubt a result of the high Merlot and Cabernet Franc composition. We were very cautious with regards to tannic structure as some of the later Cabs exhibited astringency which we wanted to minimise in the final blend. Wonderful exotic aromas of plum, sandalwood and perfume, still with a touch of creamy vanilla. The palate is medium bodied with a forward dark fruit flavour of cassis and mulberry followed by a lithe tannic structure fleshed out with juicy fruit. The impression is one of litheness and grace rather than over-arching power. Alcohol 13.9%."
Product SKU 702591
Producer Meerlust Estate
Country South Africa
Region Western Cape
SubRegion Stellenbosch
Varietal Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends
Vintage 2016
Size 750ml
Color Red
Blend 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
ABV 14.0%
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