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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Meerlust Rubicon 2004
Meerlust Rubicon 2004
(search item no. 96344)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
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
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bordeaux blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc.

Intense, opaque dark purple core with slight gradation to a bright magenta rim. The nose is complex with rich cassis and plum fruit, a pronounced muskiness with hints of star anise, creamy oak and lifted graphite and cedar aromas. The palate is rich and well structured with dense black fruit, fresh acidity and linear, satin tannins. There is a delicious, layered textural quality from the mid palate which is very elegant and concentrated. Very complex and complete with a long finish and great persistence.

Matches well with venison, game, pot roast, and noble cheese.

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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.