Meerlust Rubicon 2014

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, […]

May 17, 2017
by Christian
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Meerlust Rubicon 2013

The Bordeaux-style red blend that is Rubicon from Stellenbosch property Meerlust is as close as anything to being iconic and to state the obvious, no wine acquires that status by being erratic and unreliable. The current-release 2013 (Wine Cellar price: R329 a bottle) is blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and […]

March 6, 2017
by Christian
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Meerlust Rubicon 2012

If the 2010 vintage of the Bordeaux-style Rubicon from Meerlust in Stellenbosch presented as excessively green (see here), the 2012 seems more on point. A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, the wine was matured for 20 months in French oak, 65% new. It shows more red […]

May 18, 2016
by Christian
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The state of South African wine label design

Does South African wine packaging reflect the excellence of what most commentators agree is now appearing in the bottle? The second annual Wine Label Design Awards sponsored by Rotolabel and convened by Winemag.co.za were announced last night (full resuls HERE) and the feeling among the judges (Rebecca Constable of Woolworths, designers Sean Harrison of Whitespace […]

February 26, 2016
by Christian
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Meerlust Pinot Noir 2015

While the 2016 edition of Platter’s has yet to review the 2014 vintage of Meerlust Pinot Noir let alone the 2015, last year’s wine is indeed commercially available – R241.45 a bottle from Liquor City Claremont – which does seem extraordinarily early. Needless to say, the wine currently appears extremely youthful. Red and black cherry […]

February 9, 2016
by Christian
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Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 1975

The 1975 Cabernet Sauvignon was the first wine to carry the Meerlust label and to celebrate the 40th anniversary, current winemaker Chris Williams recently hosted a tasting which culminated in this very bottling. A haunting nose of red fruit, violets, earth and black olive. The palate light but not lacking in detail – alcohol by […]

November 9, 2015
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Meerlust Rubicon 1995

It’s a heretical position to take but I’m not sold on the 2010 vintage of Rubicon from iconic Stellenbosch property Meerlust. A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, it was matured for 21 months in French oak, 60% new. Winemaker Chris Williams has done his best to […]

November 9, 2015
by Christian
with 3 Comments

South Africa’s top six “iconic wine farms”

During a conversation over lunch yesterday, a winelands property agent asked me which South African wine farms I considered to be “iconic”. In 2011, self-made billionaire Zdenek Bakala and business associate Charles Harman acquired Klein Constantia for a reported R200 million and I guess the agent was asking what other properties would warrant that sort […]

September 21, 2015
by Christian
with 10 Comments
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