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Meerlust Rubicon 2016

Meerlust Rubicon 2016
  • MEE-042016
  • Wonderfully fruity with a note of sandalwood
  • Accessible on the palate with soft tannins
  • Icon from the Cape in a slightly different composition
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Delivery time 2-5 Workdays

32.50€ 43.33€/l

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This vintage of the Meerlust Rubicon is already very accessible at a young age. This is due to...
This vintage of the Meerlust Rubicon is already very accessible at a young age. This is due to the high percentage of Merlot (28%) and Cabernet Franc (20%), while the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (49%) is as low as never before in the history of Meerlust Rubicon. The bouquet exudes the wonderful scent of plums and sandalwood, accompanied by a hint of vanilla. Notes of dark fruits are all around the palate, especially blackcurrants and mulberries. The blend convinces the connoisseur with its elegance and the soft tannins provide a pleasant mouth feel. This red wine has matured for 16 months in French oak and has a great potential. But already today, the Meerlust Rubicon lives up to its reputation as South Africa's icon and is a delight with dishes with dark meat, game or a delicious cheese platter.


Jg. 2017
5 John Platter Stars
Jg. 2016
4.5 John Platter Stars, IWSC Silver, Tim Atkin 96 Points
Jg. 2015
4.5 John Platter Stars, IWSC Silver, Old Mutual Trophy Gold
Jg. 2014
4.5 John Platter Stars
Jg. 2013
4.5 John Platter Stars, IWSC Silver, Robert Parker 87 Points, Tim Atkin 90 Points

Expert Judgement

"A classy wine from a really top vintage. What’s not to like, as they say? Marrying Cabernet Sauvignon with 32% Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this is a subtle, refined, nuanced Rubicon with herbal, earthy, tobacco and graphite perfume, fine 60% new wood, polished tannins and a long, graceful finish. Traditional in style and rightly proud of it" Tim Atiken

Goes With:

Meerlust Rubicon 2016
Grape Varieties:
Cabernet Sauvignon (49%), Merlot (28%), Cabernet Franc (20%), Petit Verdot (3%)
Importer/ Distributor:
Distell (Europe) Ltd- 209-217 High St- TW12 1NP Hampton Hill- United Kingdom
Food Business Operator:
CAPREO GmbH, Gildeweg 10, 46562 Voerde, Germany
Meerlust, Baden Powell Drive, 7599 Stellenbosch, Südafrika
Bottle Cap:
32.50€ / bottle à 0,75 l
Filling Quantity:
0,75 l
Alcohol Strength:
14 % Vol.
5,9 g/l
Residual Sugar:
2,5 g/l
Serve at:
16-18 °C
Best before:
In the Cellar:
The red wine matured in French oak for 16 months.

Meerlust – family-owned for over 250 Years

Since 1756, Meerlust has been owned by the family Myburgh. Meanwhile, the family runs the estate in the eighth generation and plays a huge role in the ongoing success, together with the fantastic team around of cellarer Chris Williams. The name Meerlust means ‘the joy of the sea’, after all, the yard is just about five kilometres away from the False Bay. Many historical buildings on the site are a testament to the eventful history of the family and the whole land. Since 1987, the entire winery Meerlust is a national monument of South Africa. Numerous artists have used it for inspiration, such as the South African Jacob Hendrik Pierneef or the American author James Michener.

The repeated Crossing of the Rubicon

Especially because of its red wine Rubicon, Meerlust gained the reputation of being the icon of South African wine. It questioned all established ideas about wine from South Africa. During a trip to the French Bordeaux, Nico Myburgh, the father of today’s owner, realised that the terroir of the French area was very similar to his in Meerlust. But whilst until then only single-grape wines had been produced in South Africa, the Bordeaux wines flourished simply because of the various grapes that were perfectly balanced in a blend. After his return and some years of experimenting, Meerlust created not only one of the first South African blends, but the very best yet according to many gourmets. With this creation, Meerlust had turned the South African wine world upside down. As a sign for this revolutionary event, the only appropriate name was chosen for this red wine: Rubicon.

Perfect Terroir and numerous Awards

The terroir in Meerlust is very similar to the one in Bordeaux. Both have special climatic conditions that are defined by the cooling sea breeze and simultaneously sufficient sunlight. The soils are mainly a mixture of granite and clay. This terroir is just ideal for the cultivation of various grape varieties. Numerous awards for the Meerlust Rubicon and the other premium wines speak a clear language: due to its terroir and the passionate work of the family Myburgh and its team, Meerlust stands for high class wines on a high level.