Meerlust Estate Rubicon 2017
We are delighted to offer members the opportunity to buy one of South Africa’s top red wines, at en primeur prices, for delivery in autumn 2020.
First made in 1980, Rubicon was one of the first ‘Bordeaux’ blends produced in the Cape and remains one of its most celebrated. In the skilful hands of cellarmaster Chris Williams since 2004, the wine has gone from strength to strength, keeping existing fans happy whilst making the wine more accessible to a new generation.
In the widely acclaimed 2017 vintage, Chris Williams returned to a classic blend of 68% cabernet sauvignon, 16% merlot, 12% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot, matured in large French oak barrels, 60% new. The alcohol is a modest 13.6%, the wine unshowy, as ever: beautifully textured, with fine ripe tannins couched in smooth, fragrant fruit with complex notes of tobacco and woody herbs, spice, cedar, pencil lead and more!
Cellarmaster Chris Williams: ‘The 2017 Rubicon is a classic vintage… Very deep, youthful colour, and intense almost purple hue. Quintessential Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood, fennel and intense spiciness. A typical liquorice note also evident on the nose. Still young and intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full-bodied, structured but packed with fresh dark fruit and rounded, linear tannins promising long beneficial maturation. A stand out vintage of Rubicon displaying all the charm of a perfect vintage from mature vines.’
Order by 8pm on Friday 8th November
Orders will be then be entered into an allocation system and confirmations of successful orders will be sent out by the end of November.
UK delivery in autumn 2020
This wine is currently maturing in Meerlust’s cellars. When it reaches the UK, you can either have it delivered immediately or store in our Members’ Reserves facility. Duty and VAT will be payable when the wines are withdrawn.
We’ve been offering wines to members in this way since the mid 1970s, so you can buy with complete confidence!