Over the years I have secretly coveted this wine, but I never got around to buying it. South Africa is poorly represented in my cellar (just 3 bottles out of 487) and the depth of my South Africa tasting experience is limited, so I just couldn't bring myself to spend the money. Fortunately, my brother-in-law brought it over for dinner tonight, finally sating my curiousity.
The 2000 Meerlust Rubicon is one of South Africa's most celebrated wines, and it is clear where the inspiration comes from. A Cabernet Sauvignon dominated blend, with some Merlot and Cabernet Franc blended in, this wine is very Bordeaux like in many ways. Garnet red in colour, the first scents were flinty and smokey. Behind that was a nose I can only describe as classic Bordeaux, with nice floral (violet) scents, blackberries, cedar, oak, leather, liquorice and tea. Every glass revealed more and more of its haunting bouquet.
In the mouth it was just as interesting, with everything in balance. Reserved, yet complex. Elegant, yet rustic. It was a wine that absorbed your attention. Nice, supple tannins and matching fruit, this wine still has a number of years ahead of it. It was also a wine that nicely accentuated our meal, in this case a simply prepared lasagna. This is going to be on my mind for a few days.
Cost C$27 (SAQ)