Style: Medium-bodied Red Vintage: 2018 ABV: 13.9%
Appellation: Stellenbosch Varietal: Blend: 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
Region: Western Cape County: South Africa
The 2016 Rubicon shows great charm and drinkability even at this early stage, no doubt a result of the high merlot and cabernet franc composition. We were very cautious with regards to tannic structure as some of the later cabernets exhibited astringency which we wanted to minimize in the final blend. Wonderful exotic aromas of plum, sandalwood and perfume, still with a touch of creamy vanilla. The palate is medium bodied with a forward dark fruit flavor of cassis and mulberry followed by a lithe tannic structure fleshed out with juicy fruit. The impression is one of litheness and grace rather than overarching power.
This wine pairs well with venison, game, pot roast and noble cheese.