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Rubicon 1.5l

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1.5 L (Magnum)

2013


Cultivar:

67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 12% Cabernet franc, 7% Petit Verdot

Country:

South Africa

Rating:

90 Points - Christian Eedes 92 Points - James Suckling

Specifications:

13.90% alc vol Sugar g/l: N/A
Type: Red Blend, Red Wine Cellaring Potential: 15 to 20 yrs
Origin: Stellenbosch Appellation: Stellenbosch

Tasting Notes:

The 2013 Rubicon is a classic expression of this iconic Cape wine. Very deep, youthful colour, and intense almost purple hue. Very classic Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood and intense spiciness. A typical liquorice note and stony minerality also evident on the nose. Still youthful and intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured by beautifully sleek, ripe tannins which restrain the vibrant dark fruit typical of this vintage, giving the wine an opulent texture which is kept focused by the linear acidity. The wine lingers on the palate with creamy fruit mouthfiilling tannins.

Plum
Plum

Cedar Wood
Cedar Wood

Liquorice
Liquorice

Minerality
Minerality

Long recognized for producing world-class wines, Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myburgh family since 1756. Today, the traditional dedication to the art of winemaking continues under the guidance of Hannes Myburgh, eighth generation custodian of this seventeenth-century national monument.

All the vineyards were green harvested during veraison to reduce yield, increase concentration and fruit definition. The 2012 vintage was another perfect vintage very similar to 2009 with very even canopy development and a long, mild summer. Good winter rains ensured sufficient soil moisture in our clay-rich soils, particularly important for Merlot. A good even start to spring to a warm, dry summer yielded perfectly ripe fruit. The crop was healthy due to the ever- present prevailing South Easterly sea breezes. The fruit from each vineyard was harvested in small lots and fermented separately to monitor vineyard expression.

The Cabernets were given quite lengthy macerations to ensure complete extraction of the perfectly ripe fruit, but the Merlot was given even longer post fermentation maceration to encourage complete polymerization of complex tannins and add a broad, juicy and silky texture to the blend as a whole. Malolactic fermentation was completed in barrel for 7 months before assessment and assemblage.

The wine spent a total of 20 months in 65 % new French Nevers oak with 35 % 2nd fill Nevers and Alliers barrels.

Food pairing

Complements: Venison, game, pot roast and noble cheese.

Beef Game Birds Hard Cheese Venison
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