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Live Virtual Auction, 11 - 13 April 2021

De Toren Private Cellar, Meerlust Estate and Mullineux

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ZAR 17 588
Lot 90
  • Meerlust; Rubicon; 2001; 3 (1 x 3); 1500ml
  • Meerlust; Rubicon; 2001; 3 (1 x 3); 1500ml


Lot Estimate
ZAR 14 000 - 16 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 17 588

About this Item

Rubicon, 2001
3 (1 x 3) 1500ml

Meerlust Estate, owned by the Myburgh family, has been in the family for eight generations. Located 5km from False Bay, the property was given the name 'Meerlust' from the original owner, which means 'pleasure of the sea'. The Meerlust name is synonymous with tradition, elegance and longevity. In fact, it was their Cabernet Sauvignon, produced since 1975, that was the first to carry the Meerlust label.

The 2001 vintage won the coveted Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lande trophy for the best Bordeaux Blend at the International Wine & Spirits competition.

In 1980 after several years of experimentation, Nico Myburgh with fellow winemaker Giorgio Dalla Cia, their new estate was born and it was unlike anything South Africa had seen before. The introduction was a Rubicon moment for South African fine wine market. One of SA’s most recognised blends, The name ‘Rubicon’ is from ancient Roman days as the crucial border of the ancient capital was named the Rubicon River. When the border was crossed it was deemed as an irrevocable point in history, much like the introduction of Rubicon to the South African fine wine market. Meerlust is committed to ensuring that Rubicon becomes even more distinguished and continues to occupy its rightful place amongst the finest wines in the world.

Critics Ratings

'This vintage was highly regarded and won the Pichon Comtesse de Lalande trophy at the IWSC for the best Bordeaux blend in the world. The nose shows maturity, but there are primary fruit flavours intertwined with a savoury edge. The palate is more poised, lush with rather refined, chalky tannins. Textured and rich with rewarding finish. Excellent. Drink now to 2030'. - Roland Peens (Feb 2021), 94/100

'Wide array of black, red and blue fruit on the nose. Some maturity in savoury, earthy notes adding a nice layer of complexity presently. Deep, perfumed fruit fans out on the palate, ending dry and appetising. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, rest equal measure Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drinking superbly now.' - Higgo Jacobs (Feb 2021), 95/100

One of the all time greats from Meerlust, this was one of Giorgio dalla Cia’s last great vintages which won the Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Best Bordeaux Blend Trophy in 2006. Still beautifully vital and intensely coloured showing a crystalline ruby red hue. The nose is jam packed full of black cassis fruit, brûléed coffee beans, violets and sweet dried baking spices. Plush, lush and almost weightless in the mouth, the palate is so broad, concentrated, vibrant and intense, with the most harmonious youthful balance and seamless silky balance with just a hint of salinity and mineral graphite on the finish. So suave, so regal, this is a wine that defines elegance. A true South African icon. Drink now to 2040+. - Wine Safari Score: 96+/100 Greg Sherwood MW (2019)

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