Wine Meerlust, Rubicon, Stellenbosch WO, 2016
Reviews of purchase Meerlust, Rubicon, Stellenbosch WO, 2016
The wine has an ink-purple color with purple sparks.
The taste of wine is very soft, luxurious, but fresh and focused, highly balanced and concentrated. Magnificent depth, impeccable elegance and tempting complexity are emphasized by a creamy texture, filigree tannins and an incredibly long, mesmerizing finish. The flavor chord is dominated by notes of ripe dark fruits and berries, marshmallows, mulberries and dark chocolate.
The wine seduces with an incredibly sensual aroma woven from notes of cherry blossom, rose petals, caramelized cranberries, black currants, plums, violets, cherry pie, infused raspberry herbal tea and subtle nuances of cream, vanilla, frankincense, licorice, cigars and oak.
The wine is recommended to be served with filet mignon, Confit duck, grilled lamb in herbs, seasoned cheeses.
Meerlust, Rubicon - an exquisite red dry wine, the creation of the winemaker Chris Williams, made from grapes of the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot varieties that are grown in the company's vineyards in the Stellenbosch region. Cabernet Sauvignon is grown on partially decomposed granite-gravel soils rich in quartz and feldspar. Merlot vineyards are planted on clay-rich but well-drained soils to maintain optimal moisture levels to the roots of the vines throughout the summer. Merlot vineyards have significant reserves of laterite, rich in iron, which ensures the mineral profile of the wine. Cabernet Franc vineyard is located on well-drained, stony soil with clay content (20%), which is ideal for this variety. Petit Verdot is cultivated on soil such as Oakleaf 3 to ensure complete phenolic maturity. The average age of vines exceeds 20 years. The cold, wet winters of 2015 and early spring were ideal for even development of the canopy and good fruiting. To ensure uniform ripening and high quality of the crop, extensive control of the canopy, culling of leaves and "green" harvesting were practiced . 2015 was widely recognized as one of the most favorable.
Harvested after each of the varieties of optimum ripeness. Varieties were fermented separately in small vats. Malolactic fermentation took place in 300-liter barrels from the Never forests, 66% of which are new, for 9 months. After blending, the wine was additionally aged for another 9 months in barrels. The potential of wine is 15-30 years.
Vintage 2015 was awarded a silver medal at the competition "International Wine & Spirit Competition" in 2018.
Meerlust has long been known as a world-class wine producer, the pride of the Mayburg family since 1756. The first property owner, a German immigrant named Henning Hizing, inspired by the beauty and potential of the farm, settled here in 1693. He named his new home "Meerlust," which means "sea of pleasure." In 1975, Nico Mayburg produced the first Meerlust wine to win a trophy at a South African wine show. Today, the company is headed by a representative of the eighth generation of the Mayburg family - Hannes Mayburg, who devoted himself to the art of winemaking. In 2007, Hannes received the Honorary Badge in Verona, which is granted to individuals whose contribution to the wine industry was significant internationally. Meerlust is located fifteen kilometers south of Stellenbosch and just 5 km from the blue crescent of False Bay. Beautifully restored by the famous architect from Cape Town Revel Fox in 1974 with the installation of new equipment, the design of the cellar is a harmonious balance between ancient traditions and functional modernity. During 2008, a further modernization of the winery was carried out. Meerlust wines are made only from grapes grown on the estate, which has a unique location, providing wines of exceptional complexity and expressive character. In summer, ocean breezes and evening mists penetrate the coast, cooling the vineyards, as a result of which the grapes ripen slowly and evenly. The soils here are well-drained, which provides the vine with excellent drought resistance and ideal substrates for the production of concentrated, complex wines. Meerlust Manor has been a national monument of the 17th century since 1987 and is open to visitors. Modern Meerlust is an exciting combination of modernity and tireless classics.