The 2014 vintage was generally considered difficult in Stellenbosch on account of untimely rain which led to uneven ripening but many of the wines have turned out just fine, perhaps on the basis that adversity compels winemakers to be more resourceful.
The Rubicon 2014 from Meerlust is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot and was matured for 20 months in French oak, 67% new. On the nose, it displays red and black fruit plus some subtle fragrance of flowers and fresh herbs, happily none too green plus hints of vanilla and oak spice. The palate is medium bodied with good freshness and fine tannins. It’s a relatively modest iteration of this iconic wine but this is in no way to its detriment.
Editor’s rating: 90/100.
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