You have to take your hat off to the people at Meerlust. Their approach to uncompromising quality has stood them in good stead over the years, making theirs a name one can trust to deliver only the best wine they have. Their Rubicon wine is a SA legend, internationally loved and known for its superb seamless blending of Bordeaux varieties that does not slavishly attempt to deliver an imitation of Bordeaux style wine from African soil. The blend is always Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Elegant and refined but full bodied, at home in the very best company and on the very best tables, opulent and sure of itself. This is a wine that does not have to prove itself. That has already been done.
However at certain vintages the grapes are not quite up to Meerlust’s exacting standards, often owing to weather vagaries like droughts or too much rain at the wrong time. It is then that Meerlust will not release a Rubicon. That is the chance for red wine lovers to get their hands on a superb treat –the Meerlust Red –a beguiling blend of the components of Rubicon in a gorgeous wine with a red character of its own. This is not a poor relative of the Rubicon but a cousin that has fans of its own —and it is here to stay! The 2019 –the first since 2011—will be released on March 1 so get yours as soon as you can. The suggested retail price is R245 and it will be available at outlets throughout the country. In addition to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the other wines from Meerlust are superb Pinot Noir and a lightly wooded and delicious Chardonnay but more of them later.
www.meerlust.co.za phone 021 843 3587