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2001 Meerlust Estate Rubicon Stellenbosch
Producer: Meerlust Estate
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Bordeaux Blend
Origin: South Africa
Region: South Africa
88(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2007
($30; a blend of 70% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot and 10% cabernet franc) Bright, deep ruby-red. Medicinal dark berries, black cherry, cedar, licorice and tobacco on the old-fashioned nose. Juicy, tight and a bit ungiving, with still-youthful plum, bitter cherry and cedar flavors. Finishes with slightly tough, building tannins. This should evolve in a Bordeaux direction, showing earth, truffle, tobacco and underbrush as it unwinds in bottle. The Rubicon is one of South Africa's most famous wines, and insiders report that subsequent vintages have moved toward a more pliant style.
89 Points | Wine Spectator
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