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Meerlust Rubicon 2018
Meerlust Rubicon 2018
Meerlust Rubicon 2018

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 2021.

First made in 1980, Rubicon was inspired by Bordeaux, drawing on the classic Bordeaux grape varieties, to deliver a uniquely South African take on this international style.

The blend in 2018 is 67% cabernet sauvignon, 19% merlot, 10% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot – not so different from the 2017 – but the combination of a different season and changes in the cellar have produced an elegantly classic style. In recent years, Rubicon has been matured exclusively in French oak barrels. 2018 was the first to benefit from the re-introduction of some large French oak foudres - a practice used in the ‘70s and ‘80s, whose wines Chris Williams says ‘displayed lighter bodied yet intense fresh fruit flavours and gloriously evolved tannins when tasted decades after release’ - to deliver not only further building blocks for blending but also additional purity and freshness of fruit in the final blend.

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Tasting notes:

Cellarmaster Chris Williams’ personal note on the wine, May 2020:

‘Considering the vineyards from which this vintage of Rubicon comes, coupled with the fresh acidity, the density of the core of the fruit and beautifully layered tannic structure, I predict this wine has a long future ahead of it. The wine already shows a balance and approachability which should ideally begin to blossom from 2021 onwards but may positively evolve for decades after that.’

The track record for cellaring here is a long one; our recommended drinking window is 2021 to 2045. 2018 Rubicon is a fine example, with 14% alcohol and a lovely balance between its finely honed form, and fresh, bright, poised fruit.


Joanna Locke MW

Joanna Locke MW

Buyer for South Africa


Please note, we hope to offer magnums of this wine later, once they have been shipped to the UK.

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