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Date Printed: 7/30/2014
Meerlust Rubicon 2005
Meerlust Rubicon 2005
(search item no. 99235)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast 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:

The wine has an intense, opaque deep ruby color, very slight gradation to the rim. Bright and vivacious in the glass, very youthful. The nose is brooding and restrained at this stage, yet beginning to emerge with deep, dark fruit, cassis, plum and black cherry. There is a pronounced minerality on the nose with graphite, cedar smoke and cigar box bouquet. The palate is beautifully structured, fuller bodied than some earlier vintages of Rubicon due to the intensity of the fruit and intricate tannin structure. The wine exhibits rich juiciness and savour already, but the compactness and sinewy taughtness of this young wine suggest a long maturation potential. The perfectly formed, ripe tannins are densely packed and tightly woven but remain lithe and almost powdery, giving the wine a generous opulence even at this early phase of its development.
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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.