£61.95 per bottle
Meerlust Rubicon 2015 – The famous South African blend from a five star vintage! After a powerful 2009, admittedly one of the best vintages South African winemakers have seen, 2015 came along to reward those who waited with even canopy development, good fruit set and fantastic concentration. The earliest harvest in decades was smaller than 2014 but some winemakers described 2015 as a “career highlight”.
Rubicon 2015 is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. 2015 is a proto-type of what we can expect of future Rubicons as a result of massive investment and work in the vineyards and fine tuning in the winery, especially regarding extraction and use of oak. Along with 2009, 2015 is Chris Williams’s favourite vintage of Rubicon thus far. The 2015 is a powerful wine with densely packed fruit concentration and will slowly unfold. An unequivocally stellar vintage, although quite different to 2009, as it produced a more ethereal Rubicon.
The nose is brooding, dark bramble fruit, cassis, plum, incense and liquorice – it is still very tightly coiled, slowly offering cigar box, crushed stone and subtle oak spice. On the palate the wine is concentrated yet restrained with dark fruit flavours of pastille, mulberry and dark chocolate, all held in an intricate lattice of polished sleek grape tannin. Still very young yet approachable, this Rubicon promises a long future of maturation and enjoyment.
Food pairing: Venison, game, pot roast and noble cheese.
Ageing potential: 15 – 30 years from vintage date under ideal cellar conditions
“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+.”, Wine Safari Score: 97+/100 Greg Sherwood MW
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