Meerlust Rubicon 2010


SKU 01817


The 2010 Rubicon is a classic vintage 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 also evident on the nose. Still young and intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured but packed with fresh dark fruit and rounded, linear tannins. Food Suggestions: Complements: Venison, game, pot roast and noble cheese.
Category Red Wine
Country South Africa
Region Stellenbosch
Brand Meerlust
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
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Wine AdvocateA blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot that matured for 24 months in 60% new oak from Nevers, the 2010 Rubicon has a well-defined bouquet with blackberry mixed with blueberry fruit, a touch of Pauillac-like mint developing in the glass, but remaining quite backward despite aeration in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins in the mouth matched by good acidity. It is structured and quite masculine, the tobacco-stained Cabernet driving this along with the Cabernet Franc imparting a more savory element towards the finish. Not bad, but perhaps not at the level of some other South Africa "icons" encountered during my tastings.

Neal Martin, November 2015