Wines   (archived) - Cabernet Sauvignon
Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
The Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 has an intense, vivid purple colour with slight gradation at the rim. On the nose the wine shows intense cassis, plum and classic cedar wood-cigar box notes with lifted dark fruit aromas. On the palate the wine is full bodied and impressively structured. Intense blackcurrant and plum fruit bolstered by refined tannins and fresh natural acidity. The palate is rich and dense with a wonderful lacy tannic structure. Very impressive in youth but the intensity, harmony and balance all promise maturation over the next 15 years.

Alc: 15.0  RS: 1.7  pH: 3.71  TA: 5.9  VA: 0.63  TSO2:  FSO2:
Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
2The Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 has an intense, vivid purple colour with slight gradation at the rim.

On the nose the wine shows intense cassis, plum and classic cedar wood-cigar box notes with lifted dark fruit aromas.

On the palate the wine is full bodied and impressively structured. Intense blackcurrant and plum fruit bolstered by refined tannins and fresh natural acidity. The palate is rich and dense with a wonderful lacy tannic structure. Very impressive in youth but the intensity, harmony and balance all promise maturation over the next 15 years.

Alc: 14.7  RS: 2.82  pH: 3.57  TA: 5.92  VA: 0.66  TSO2:  FSO2:
Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
The Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 has an intense, vivid purple colour with slight gradation at the rim. On the nose the wine shows intense cassis, plum and classic cedar wood-cigar box notes with lifted dark fruit aromas. On the palate the wine is full bodied and impressively structured. Intense blackcurrant and plum fruit bolstered by refined tannins and fresh natural acidity. The palate is rich and dense with a wonderful lacy tannic structure.
Alc: 14.3  RS: 2.28  pH: 3.57  TA: 6.1  VA: 0.66  TSO2:  FSO2:
Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
The Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 has an intense, vivid purple colour with slight gradation at the rim. On the nose the wine shows intense cassis, plum and classic cedar wood-cigar box notes with lifted dark fruit aromas. On the palate the wine is full bodied and impressively structured. Intense blackcurrant and plum fruit bolstered by refined tannins and fresh natural acidity. The palate is rich and dense with a wonderful lacy tannic structure.
Alc: 13.5  RS: 3.3  pH: 3.56  TA: 6.3  VA: 0.67  TSO2:  FSO2:
Meerlust Red 2009
The wine has an intense, dark purple colour with a violet rim. Bright and vivacious in the glass, very youthful. The nose is expressive with powerful cassis, plum, exotic spice and hints of floral aromas. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with intense flavours of crushed black fruit, cassis, vanilla and dark chocolate. The tannins are very soft and silky with fresh acidity and a focused, linear flavour profile. The wine has a persistent and long lasting aftertaste.

Alc: 14.5  RS: 1.7  pH: 3.62  TA: 6.4  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Meerlust Rubicon 1999
Deep purple ink colour. A spicy tobacco leaf and cigar box bouquet. Firm tannins, youthful palate. The wine is well-balanced and has good ageing potential.
Alc: 13.2  RS: 2.3  pH: 3.5  TA: 6.3  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Meerlust Rubicon 2000
Swiss International Air Line awards 2005 - Gold
Fairbairn Capital Trophy Wine Show 2005 - Gold
Best in Class Silver - International Wine and Spirits Competition ( IWCS ) 2005
Deep purple ink colour. A spicy tobacco leaf and cigar box bouquet. Firm tannins, youthful palate. The wine is well-balanced and has good ageing potential.

Alc: 13.4  RS: 2.1  pH: 3.4  TA: 6.1  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Meerlust Rubicon 2001
Basel Wine Fair September 2006, Switzerland - Gold (Medaille d'or) with 89 points out of 100
Swiss International Air Lines Wine Awards 2006 - Seal of Approval
Ultra dark, intense, opaque & concentrated. Very youthful with cerise rim. Exuberant cassis fruit on the nose, black cherry, blackcurrant & nettle-bush followed by cigar box, red earth & hints of minerality. The wine is full bodied with a concentrated fruit core wrapped by lush, sleek tannins and an earthy minerality. Refreshingly dry on the finish, the wine has a prolonged pleasant aftertaste.

Alc: 13.5  RS: 2.1  pH: 3.4  TA: 6.1  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Meerlust Rubicon 2003
Intense, opaque ruby core with cerise rim. Powerful primary nose of black currant, cigar box, smoked meat and minerals promising long maturation potential. On the palate the wine shows remarkable approachability with intense dark fruit juiciness coming from a renowned Cabernet Sauvignon vintage. Tannins are still structured but there is plenty of fruit density to reward further aging.
Alc: 13.5  RS: 2.1  pH: 3.69  TA: 5.27  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Meerlust Rubicon 2004

Alc: 14.42  RS: 2.45  pH: 3.76  TA: 5.57  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Meerlust Rubicon 2008 -  SOLD OUT
Very deep, youthfull colour, and intense almost purple hue. Very classic Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood and intense spiciness. Still young and still intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured but packed with fresh dark fruit and rounded, linear tannins.
Alc: 14.0  RS: 1.5  pH: 3.65  TA: 6.4  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Meerlust Rubicon 2009
The 2009 Rubicon is one of the very best produced to date. A combination of almost perfect weather conditions and mature, healthy and properly sighted vines has ensured a classic, expressive Rubicon. Very deep, youthful colour, and intense almost purple hue. Very classic Rubicon nose withviolets, ripe plum, cedar wood and intense spiciness. Still young and still intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured but packed with fresh dark fruit and rounded, linear tannins.
Alc: 14.5  RS: 2.4  pH: 3.6  TA: 6.0  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Meerlust Rubicon 2010
The 2010 Rubicon is a classic vintage of this iconic Cape wine. Very deep, youthful colour, and intense almost purple hue. Very classic Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood and intense spiciness. A typical liquorice note also evident on the nose. Still young and intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured but packed with fresh dark fruit and rounded, linear tannins.
Alc: 14.5  RS: 2.9  pH: 3.5  TA: 6.2  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Meerlust Rubicon 2012
The 2012 Rubicon is another superb expression of this iconic Cape wine. Very deep, youthful colour, and intense almost purple hue. Very classic Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood and intense spiciness. A typical liquorice note and stony minerality also evident on the nose. Still youthful and intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured by beautifully sleek, ripe tannins which restrain the vibrant dark fruit typical of this vintage. The wine lingers on the palate with creamy fruit mouthfiilling linear tannins.
Alc: 14.4  RS: 1.9  pH: 3.6  TA: 5.8  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Meerlust Rubicon 2013
The 2013 Rubicon classic expression of this iconic Cape wine. Very deep, youthful colour, and intense almost purple hue. Very classic Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood and intense spiciness. A typical liquorice note and stony minerality also evident on the nose. Still youthful and intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured by beautifully sleek, ripe tannins which restrain the vibrant dark fruit typical of this vintage, giving the wine an opulent texture which is kept focused by the linear acidity. The wine lingers on the palate with creamy fruit mouthfiilling tannins.
Alc: 13.9  RS: 2.1  pH: 3.53  TA: 6.12  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
The wine has a deep, opaque plum-black appearance, very bright and youthful. The nose exhibits lifted cassis, plum and mineral notes with intense stony and graphite aromas. The palate is full yet elegant where the bouquet follows through and the intensity of fruit is balanced by a vibrant acidity and sleek, polished tannins. The palate is lingering and finishes clean with lingering dark fruit flavours. Elegant, well structured wine with a long lingering finish.
Alc: 13.86  RS: 2.31  pH: 3.72  TA: 5.46  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Meerlust Red 2002
Medium dark opaque ruby core with cerise rim. Intense cassis and mocha nose initially. Hints of creamy oak and baking spice with earthiness & minerality. Full bodied palate with lively natural acidity. Juicy plum-cassis fruit, fine silky tannins & excellent length.
Alc: 13  RS: 2.1  pH: 3.4  TA: 6.1  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Meerlust Red 2005

Alc: 14.31  RS: 2.56  pH: 3.68  TA: 6  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Meerlust Rubicon 2007
Very deep, youthful colour, intense almost purple hue. Very classic Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood and intense spiciness. Still young and intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured but packed with fresh dark fruit and rounded, linear tannins.
Alc: 14.1  RS: 2.9  pH: 3.65  TA: 6.03  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Meerlust Rubicon 2006 (Magnum)
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.

Alc: 14.39  RS: 2.98  pH: 3.56  TA: 6.00  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:
Meerlust Rubicon 2005 (Magnum)
The wine has an intense, opaque deep ruby colour, very slight gradation to the rim. Bright and vivacious in the glass, very youthful. The nose is brooding and restrained at this stage, yet beginning to emerge with deep, dark fruit, cassis, plum and black cherry. There is a pronounced minerality on the nose with graphite, cedar smoke and cigar box bouquet. The palate is beautifully structured, fuller bodied than some earlier vintages of Rubicon due to the intensity of  the fruit and intricate tannin structure. The wine exhibits rich juiciness and savour already, but the compactness and sinewy taughtness of this young wine suggest a long maturation potential. The perfectly formed, ripe  tannins are densely packed and tightly woven but  remain lithe and almost powdery, giving the wine a generous opulence even at this early phase of its development.

Alc: 14.42  RS: 2.45  pH: 3.76  TA: 5.57  VA:  TSO2:  FSO2:



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