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Date Printed: 10/23/2014
Rustenberg John X Merriman 2007
Rustenberg John X Merriman 2007
(search item no. 105067)
collectible wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/23/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 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:

48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec.

This sensational Bordeaux blend is named for the Prime Minister of the Cape who purchased and revitalized part of the historical Rustenberg estate in the late 1800s. One of South Africa's most iconic bottlings, it delivers intense, smoky flavors of tobacco, cherry, licorice, and plum intertwined with complex notes of mineral and spice.

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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.