A culmination of viticultural factors and the incredible 2015 vintage have resulted in the best Meerlust Rubicon we have ever tasted. With 21 vintages at Meerlust under his belt, Cellar Master Chris Williams agrees, believing that their vineyards have fully matured and viticultural methods have been perfected to capture the greatness of 2015.
Rubicon has always maintained a classical stance and, exuding terroir, it really shines in dry, moderately warm vintages. The benchmark 2009 showed signs of being a great modern Rubicon but we had to wait until 2015 to taste something really special.
What the 2015 possesses is a beautiful purity of fruit, incredible poise and extraordinary depth. Supported by a slither of new oak and detailed tannins, it is finely balanced and will drink well from 2020. Taut, yet ripe tannins provide a towering structure which will allow it to age well for 2 decades, or more.
While South African fine wine has reached an all-time high of international decree, the industry has been characterised by small batches of inaccessible wines. The Rubicon 2015 is a game-changer. It is produced in significant volumes that match the production levels of Left Bank Grand Cru Classe Bordeaux. This is South Africa’s Rubicon moment – a local fine wine distributed around the world, carrying impressive heritage and its icon brand equity.
For those considering laying down a few cases, Rubicon has achieved a 15% annual return across its best vintages over the last 2 decades. There is no better investment wine in SA, or perhaps anywhere. View our list of current and vintage Meerlust wines.
Meerlust, Rubicon 2015 – R 2,250 per 6-case
The 2015 vintage was generous and the selection for Rubicon came from 100 different parcels across 25 vineyards. It is 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot and comes in at 14,2% alcohol.
A mesmerizingly dark black purple colour, this youthful wine is wonderfully crystalline, focused and pure, possessing such pretty aromatics of cherry blossom, rose petals, caramelised cranberries, violets, cherry pie, raspberry infused herbal tea and a subtle creamy vanilla pod extravagance. The palate is ultra-suave, opulent yet effortlessly fresh and defined, supremely balanced and concentrated. Such gorgeous depth and seamless elegance, a tantalizing brûléed buttered brown toast complexity, creamy filigree tannins and an incredibly long, spellbinding finish. This is going to be a definite future icon vintage on par with the very best Cru Classe wines produced in Bordeaux but at a fraction of the price. Get in early, get in quick, and go long. This is one of the most profound Rubicons of the modern era. Drink from 2020 to 2045+. – Greg Sherwood MW, 97+/100