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Rustenberg, John X Merriman, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Rustenberg, John X Merriman, Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Rustenberg

SIZE:
750ML

TYPE:
RED WINE

CRITIC SCORE:
/100

Rustenberg

750ML

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Named after a former owner of Rustenberg, John Xavier Merriman, who bought the farm in 1892 in sympathy with farmers suffering from the phylloxera crisis. The John X Merriman is a powerful wine that rewards aging. The 2020 blend consists of Cabernet Sauvignon 43%, Merlot 36%, Petit Verdot 14% and Malbec 7%.

In its youth the wine is worth decanting and expresses cassis, black currant and dark fruits complemented with cigar tobacco and sour cherry notes. As the wine ages and its fine grained tannins soften a softer more savoury palate develops revealing wonderful drinkability and tertiary complexity.

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COUNTRY:

South Africa

GRAPE:

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

REGION:

Cape West Coast, Stellenbosch

DRINKING
WINDOW:

2022 - 2030

VINTAGE:

2020

ABV:

14.0%

SKU: 100785 Category: Tags: , ,

    Description

    Recognised globally as one of South Africa’s top five wine estates, Rustenberg is also one of the oldest in the Cape. In 1941 the Rustenberg Farm, which sits 6km north of Stellenbosch, was bought by Peter Barlow. The Barlows have been at Rustenberg for over 75 years: the longest period any one family has owned the farm with Simon Barlow taking over the running of the farm in 1987, and Murray, his son, now involved with winemaking and marketing. Murray Barlow is now cellarmaster at his family estate, and much deserved winner of the Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year award in both 2013 and 2016.

    Vineyards producing the grapes for Rustenberg wines climb the rich red slopes of the Simonsberg and Helderberg; a range of slopes and aspects allows site-specific plantings that enhance varietal characteristics. With a long and very proud history of producing exceptional wines, Rustenberg’s winemaking style is simple: produce quality wines true to the style of the estate and the brand.

    Named after a former owner of Rustenberg, John Xavier Merriman, who bought the farm in 1892 in sympathy with farmers suffering from the phylloxera crisis. The John X Merriman is a powerful wine that rewards aging. The 2020 blend consists of Cabernet Sauvignon 43%, Merlot 36%, Petit Verdot 14% and Malbec 7%.

    In its youth the wine is worth decanting and expresses cassis, black currant and dark fruits complemented with cigar tobacco and sour cherry notes. As the wine ages and its fine grained tannins soften a softer more savoury palate develops revealing wonderful drinkability and tertiary complexity.

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