Meerlust Rubicon 2016

Style:  Medium-bodied Red                      Vintage: 2018             ABV: 13.9%

Appellation: Stellenbosch                       VarietalBlend: 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.