Meerlust Rubicon 2006 (Magnum)
Technical Analysis
: Chris Williams
Main Variety : Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol : 14.39 %vol
pH : 3.56
RS : 2.98 g/l
Total Acid : 6.00 g/l
Appellation : Stellenbosch
Type : Red
Style : Dry
Body : Full
Taste : Fruity

Tasting Notes
Very deep, youthfull colour, intense almost purple hue. Very classic Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedarwood and intense spicinesss. Still very young but brooding, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured but packed with fresh dark fruit and rounded, linear tannins.
Ageing Potential
15 - 20 years, provided wine is stored in ideal cellar conditions.
Blend Information
74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc
Food Suggestions
Complements: Venison, game, pot roast and noble cheeseIdeally served at 18°C - 20°C.
In The Vineyard
The 2006 vintage was almost ideal for Cabernet based blends, but particular care had to be taken to ensure full physiological ripeness.Cooler weather meant longer hang time and slower ripening.The crop was very healthy due to brisk South Easterly breezes.The fruit from each vineyard was harvested in small lots and fermented separately to monitor vineyard expression.
About The Harvest
All the vineyards were green harvested during veraison to reduce yield, increase concentration and fruit definition.
In The Cellar
The Cabernet's were given a relatively short cuvaison time to prevent over-extraction, but the Merlot was give long post fermentation maceration to encourage complete polymerization of complex tannins and add a broad, juicy and ultra-silky texture to the blend as a whole.

Malolactic fermentation was completed  in barrel for 6 months before assessment and assemblage. The 2005 Rubicon is 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc. The wine spent a total of 24 months in 65% new French Nevers oak with 35% 2nd Nevers and Alliers barrels.

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Meerlust Rubicon 2006 (Magnum) Chris Williams Cabernet Sauvignon

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