VINIFICATION The varieties were fermented separately in steel tank for 10 days. After malo-lactic fermentation, the wines were blended in a ratio of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc. Once blended, the wine was matured in Nevers barriques for 24 months. 80% new wood and 20% second fill. After bottling, the wine was further matured for 24 months before release. TASTING NOTES The Meerlust Rubicon has an intense, opaque dark purple core with slight gradation to a bright magenta rim. The nose is complex with rich cassis and plum fruit, a pronounced muskiness with hints of star anise, creamy oak and lifted graphite and cedar aromas. The palate is rich and well structured with dense black fruit, fresh acidity and linear, satin tannins. There is a delicious, layered textural quality from the mid palate which is very elegant and concentrated. Very complex and complete with a long finish and great persistence. ANALYSIS Alcohol: 14.5 % vol.AGEING POTENTIAL 15 - 20 years, provided wine is stored in ideal cellar conditions.IDEALLY SERVED AT: 18°-20°CVintage: 2012
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