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2017 MEERLUST RUBICON 750ML
2017 MEERLUST RUBICON 750ML
 
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Bottle Price $34.55
Sale Price $32.99
Year 2017
Size 750ML
Color Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country South Africa

Product Code: 2814043
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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.
Quintessential 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.

The 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, crème 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

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