Rustenberg, John X Merriman, 2008

Rustenberg, John X Merriman, 2008, W.O. Stellenbosch – Simonsberg Mountain, South Africa.

A SW France type blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit  verdot, cabernet franc and malbec; natural cork closure, 14.5% abv. Cooden Cellars, about £13.

Soils – decomposed granite.
Vinification – maturation in oak cask for 20 months.

WSET style tasting note
Appearance – deep intensity ruby, showing tears.

Nose – clean on the nose, with a pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas of sweet ripe black fruits – currant, berry and cherry, with vanilla and a hint of coconut.

Palate – a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, ripe medium (+) tannins, high alcohol with a full body, with medium intensity (+), with flavours of black fruit – berry and cherry, with a savoury smoky note, with oaky vanilla with a hint of coconut again and a hint of liquorice, with a long length, and residual moderate tannic grip.

Quality – a good quality wine, with a high level of extraction and fruit concentration, and a balance between alcohol, tannin and intensity of fruit, and a long length. This wine has enough guts to cellar for a further 5-8 years.

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