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.
"A restrained, elegant nose of black fruit, plum, cherry and spice starts this serious blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Cabernet Franc from Chris Williams and Meerlust. Full-bodied, complex flavors of cedar, tobacco, mint and plum are juicy and savory. Tannins are taut but forgiving. The wine still needs to time to evolve, but is a study in brooding character. "
"Owned by the Myburgh family for eight generations, a famous wine in traditional South African style, tannins rather dry, although there is good cassis-accented fruit to sustain the palate.
90 points; drink to 2020"
Australian Wine Companion