Meerlust

Rubicon Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.224 ratings
9.15 pro ratings
Stellenbosch, Coastal Region, Western Cape, South Africa
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Salami & Prosciutto, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Herbs, Chicken, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Soft Cheese, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Blue Cheese
Top Notes For
Daniel P. Drake

The wine served tonight is the 2016 Meerlust Rubicon Cabernet Sauvignon Blend. This is from the Meerlust Estate Stellenbosch, South Africa. The blend is 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.

On the nose there is cherry, strawberry, plum, green bell pepper, herbal notes, vanilla, licorice, minerals and dark rich soil.

On the palate I am getting black cherry, blackberry, strawberry, black currant, licorice, green bell pepper, vanilla, some oak, minerality and soil.

The wine is full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel medium + acidity and medium + grippy mouthcoating tannins that leaves you with a ling black fruit mineral finish. Eventhough we are still in the in the midst of fall, there is a feel of winter crisp and clean on ones face. This weekend please stay safe and healthy and let us enjoy family and friends for they are what keep us strong. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

The wine served tonight is the 2016 Meerlust Rubicon Cabernet Sauvignon Blend. This is from the Meerlust Estate Stellenbosch, South Africa. The blend is 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.

On the nose there is cherry, strawberry, plum, green bell pepper, herbal notes, vanilla, licorice, minerals and dark rich soil.

On the palate I am getting black cherry, blackberry, strawberry, black currant, licorice, green bell pepper, vanilla, some oak, minerality and soil.

The wine is full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel medium + acidity and medium + grippy mouthcoating tannins that leaves you with a ling black fruit mineral finish. Eventhough we are still in the in the midst of fall, there is a feel of winter crisp and clean on ones face. This weekend please stay safe and healthy and let us enjoy family and friends for they are what keep us strong. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Nov 20th, 2021
Jonathan Wall

Nailed it with Afghan Lamb Kebabs. Out of the gate it’s bright with a Bordeaux character... then turns slightly underripe vegetal... by hour 4 this all smooths out. It was fun tasting it’s evolution for 6+ hours. Great wine, and recommend with hearty food.

Nailed it with Afghan Lamb Kebabs. Out of the gate it’s bright with a Bordeaux character... then turns slightly underripe vegetal... by hour 4 this all smooths out. It was fun tasting it’s evolution for 6+ hours. Great wine, and recommend with hearty food.

Aug 31st, 2020
Shengli Hu

Fresh dark berries and red cherries. Rustic, dusty truffles, medicinal notes along side pyrazine. Cedar wood and Tabasco. Medium integrated tannins and bright acidity.

Fresh dark berries and red cherries. Rustic, dusty truffles, medicinal notes along side pyrazine. Cedar wood and Tabasco. Medium integrated tannins and bright acidity.

May 7th, 2018
Robert S.

Deep red garnet in color. Black currents coffee, cocoa, and a hint of oak. Nice dark fruits, plums and blackberries on a smooth approach and a medium to long finish. Very Bordeaux like blend. Excellent.

Deep red garnet in color. Black currents coffee, cocoa, and a hint of oak. Nice dark fruits, plums and blackberries on a smooth approach and a medium to long finish. Very Bordeaux like blend. Excellent.

Dec 27th, 2020
Paul Jakubowski

30+ minute decant and could have used more. Dark fruit and Bordeaux elements on the nose. First few glasses (I’m a fan of small pours) were overly spicy, which was unattractive. With air and time it dissipated and a silky texture emerged with plums, oak, and ever so slight vanilla. No mistaking this for anything but South African. Medium plus depth. Medium plus finish. Not my style, and the early spice turned me off, but this grew on me. However, I don’t think it has very much aging potential. Glad I tried this for the price. Wouldn’t turn a glass down but probably not a return buyer.

30+ minute decant and could have used more. Dark fruit and Bordeaux elements on the nose. First few glasses (I’m a fan of small pours) were overly spicy, which was unattractive. With air and time it dissipated and a silky texture emerged with plums, oak, and ever so slight vanilla. No mistaking this for anything but South African. Medium plus depth. Medium plus finish. Not my style, and the early spice turned me off, but this grew on me. However, I don’t think it has very much aging potential. Glad I tried this for the price. Wouldn’t turn a glass down but probably not a return buyer.

Dec 22nd, 2020
Martin Hafer

I’d place this among the top ten best wines I’ve had. While not as peppery as some South African reds (which I love), it’s amazingly smooth and well balanced. A delicious wine and fir about $30 a bottle a real bargain

I’d place this among the top ten best wines I’ve had. While not as peppery as some South African reds (which I love), it’s amazingly smooth and well balanced. A delicious wine and fir about $30 a bottle a real bargain

Jun 28th, 2020
Stanislav Lobanov

16.5/20 (90/100) Много зелени в аромате (свежескошенная трава, зелёный перец), после аэрации появляется больше чёрных ягод и пряностей. Довольно тельное с высокой кислотностью и интенсивными, бархатистыми по текстуре танинами. Насыщенное во вкусе с выраженным тоном шоколада и кофейной кислинкой.

16.5/20 (90/100) Много зелени в аромате (свежескошенная трава, зелёный перец), после аэрации появляется больше чёрных ягод и пряностей. Довольно тельное с высокой кислотностью и интенсивными, бархатистыми по текстуре танинами. Насыщенное во вкусе с выраженным тоном шоколада и кофейной кислинкой.

Nov 16th, 2019
Doggfather

Let it open up in a decanter for 30 minutes. Great with bison cheeseburgers.

Let it open up in a decanter for 30 minutes. Great with bison cheeseburgers.

Jul 27th, 2019
Taura Zivkovic

Beautiful vintage!

Beautiful vintage!

Jul 19th, 2019
Mark Z
8.9

Nice. Good but not special.

Nice. Good but not special.

Jun 14th, 2019