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Date Printed: 4/18/2014
Rustenberg John X Merriman 2005
Rustenberg John X Merriman 2005
(search item no. 94367)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/18/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"This wine is renegade winemaker Adi Badenhorst's favorite in his portfolio, and for good reason. In line with the best Bordeaux blends, it leads with an earthy, mineral-driven nose, and on the palate, it's both juicy and restrained. Expressive flavors of pepper, mocha and spice and elegant tannins give the wine a stately and sophisticated style. It will keep getting better in the bottle."
Wine Enthusiast
92 Points
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About Rustenberg:

Rustenberg is one of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine farms, with a viticultural history dating back to 1682. In 1941, Peter and Pamela Barlow bought the Rustenberg farm, situated in a prime location on the slopes of the Simonsberg. After taking control of the farm operations in 1987, their son Simon ushered in a new era, catapulting the historic estate to the ranks of South Africa’s winemaking elite.

The renaissance began with a large scale replanting of the vineyards using virus-free clones imported from France, followed by sweeping renovations to the winery and the hiring of new viticultural and winemaking teams. As Wine Spectator recently observed, "Rustenberg has all the qualifications of a world-class wine estate: a long history of winemaking…and ideal terroir, with deep-red, clay-rich granite soils that are located on a variety of slopes and elevations." Rustenberg has achieved tremendous critical and commercial success, and today the celebrated estate’s bottlings are among South Africa’s most iconic and sought-after wines.