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Date Printed: 9/17/2014
Meerlust Rubicon 2001
Meerlust Rubicon 2001
(search item no. 88911)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 45 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

A classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this wine is the culmination of the Myburgh family's dream of making a truly remarkable Bordeaux-style wine. Meerlust Rubicon is well-balanced with a cigar box and spicy tobacco bouquet. Smooth, firm tannins provide structure and depth with excellent aging potential.

Ultra dark, intense, opaque & concentrated. Very youthful with cerise rim. Exuberant cassis fruit on the nose, black cherry, blackcurrant & nettle-bush followed by cigar box. Full bodied with a concentrated fruit core wrapped by lush, sleek tannins and an earthy minerality. -Wine Enthusiast

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About Meerlust:

Meerlust is one of South Africa's most famous and historical wine estates. The land where the farm is now situated was originally owned by a powerful and wealthy free burgher named Henning Huising. After his death in 1713 the estate passed through many hands until it was bought in 1756 by Johannes Albertus Myburgh - and has remained in the Myburgh family ever since.

Nicholaas Myburgh (7th generation of the Myburgh family, and father of present owner Hannes Myburgh) took over the farm in 1950, but the condition of the property had declined severely from its 18th century splendor. Nicolaas set about an extensive restoration of both the buildings and the vineyards. One of his first projects was the construction of a damn that allows for irrigation in exceptionally dry years, but is usually used only after the vintage. He also replanted the vineyards with mainly red varietals.

The farm is approximately 15 kilometers outside Stellenbosch, and is the Stellenbosch estate nearest the Indian Ocean (the name Meerlust is of German origin, and translates to "pleasure of the sea"). The cooling breezes off False Bay allow a slower, steadier ripening period for the grapes. This translates to less loss of fruit aromas, and there is also a lesser risk of a crop being ruined in the event of a sudden, dramatic rise in temperature.