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Meerlust Estate Rubicon 2016

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Meerlust Estate Rubicon 2016

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 summer 2019.

First made in 1980, Rubicon was one of the first ‘Bordeaux’ blends produced in the Cape and remains one of its most celebrated. In the skilful hands of cellarmaster Chris Williams since 2004, the wine has gone from strength to strength, keeping existing fans happy whilst making the wine more accessible to a new generation.


£85 per six bottles in bond
Order before 8pm on Tuesday 20th November, 2018


Tasting notes:

In this latest vintage, Meerlust opted for a very different blend of 49% cabernet sauvignon (rather less than usual), 28% merlot, 20% cabernet franc (notably more than usual) and 3% petit verdot, all harvested from the Meerlust estate.

Cellarmaster Chris Williams: ‘The 2016 Rubicon shows great charm and drinkability even at this early stage, no doubt a result of the high merlot and cabernet franc composition… The merlots were the star of the vintage and so extended maceration on our best merlot tanks yielding succulent, opulent wines’.

‘Wonderful exotic aromas of plum, sandalwood and perfume, still with a touch of creamy vanilla. The palate is medium bodied with a forward dark fruit flavour of cassis and mulberry followed by a lithe tannic structure fleshed out with juicy fruit. The impression is one of litheness and grace rather than over-arching power.’

The wine be delivered in summer 2019

When the wine reaches the UK, you can opt to have it delivered immediately or store in our Members’ Reserves facility. Duty and VAT will be payable when the wine is withdrawn.

Order by 8pm on Tuesday 20th November

Orders will be then be entered into an allocation system and confirmations of successful orders will be sent out by 29th November.

Jo Locke MW
Jo Locke MW
Your Buyer for South Africa


What is an en primeur offer?

En primeur offers – also known as opening or 'in-bond' offers – offer wines immediately upon release – in many cases before the wines have been bottled. Offering wine in this way gives members a chance to secure stocks of sought-after wines as soon as they are released for sale at opening prices.

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Order before 8pm, Tuesday 20th November, 2018

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