Five Stars Out Of Five Stars By John Platter, The Highest Rating
A Wine Can Get. John Platter Is The Robert Parker Of South African Wine.
96+/100 Greg Sherwood MW 2017 96pt Rated Vintage By Parker And Equals The
Highest Rated Ever.
The 2017 Rubicon is a
classic vintage of this iconic Cape wine. Very deep, youthful color, and
intense almost purple hue.
Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood, fennel 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 promising long
beneficial maturation. A stand out vintage of Rubicon displaying all the charm
of a perfect vintage from mature vines.
2017 Rubicon is a classical blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 12%
Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, each vinified separately before undergoing
malolactic fermentation in 300 liter French Nevers oak barrels, 60% new and 40%
second fill. Deep purple-black in color, the intensity and gravitas of this
vintage is highlighted by the tight, dense, dark broody aromatics that require
more than a little coaxing out the glass before revealing a very focused,
slightly introverted bouquet of complex, tightly interwoven notes of violets,
black currant preserve, black plum, Black Forest gateaux and hoisin sauce with
backing notes of dried fennel, salty black liquorice, spicy cedar and an exotic
Asian 5 spice nuance. While 2017 certainly stands out as another classical year
of exceptional quality, the vintage will surely be remembered for its stand-out
elegance, seamless palate textures and its signature weightless intensity and
concentration. This Rubicon does of course possess plenty of stuffing and
dazzles with gentle waves of blackberry crumble, crĂ¨me de cassis, macerated
black cherries, freshly tilled earth, unsmoked smoked cigars and a finely
textured, powdery tannin frame that dries the palate on the finish and reminds
the drinker that this wine, however enjoyable in its youth, is also built for
extended ageing. This really is another exquisite vintage with charm and poise,
Grand Vin potency and an overt, unbridled determination to deliver long-term drinking
pleasure. Drink from 2022 to 2040+ Greg Sherwood