Live Auction, 14 September 2019

Meerlust; Rubicon; 1999; 1 (1 x 1); 3000ml
Lot 167

Lot Estimate
R 5 500 - 7 500
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 5 690
Location
Item in Wine Storage
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About this Item

Rubicon, 1999
1 (1 x 1) 3000ml
Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myburgh family since 1756. Having previously visited Bordeaux, Nico Myburgh realised that the terroir there was very similar to that of his farm near the Eerste River . In 1978, Giorgio joined Nico at Meerlust in which was to be a dynamic, fruitful decades-long friendship and partnership between owner-vintner and cellarmaster.
 Finally, in 1980 after several years of experimentation with fellow winemaker Giorgio Dalla Cia, their new estate was born and it was unlike anything South Africa had seen before. One of SA’s most recognised blends, the 1999 was hailed as the ‘Best New World Red Wine’ in the March 2004 edition of the prestigious Decanter magazine. The 1999 would be maturing very slowly in Double-magnum.

Critics Ratings

Maturing, with a slightly dry edge to the black currant and cassis fruit, but there's plenty of concentration here, and ripe acidity lets interesting mineral and earth notes enhance the finish. For fans of the style. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.’ – 89/100 Wine Spectator (2003)

As flamboyant challengers – often laced with bulging ripe fruit and/or flagrant oak – come and go, this pre-eminent ‘Cape claret’, wih a two-decade bloodline, continues to hold court. Invariably fine-grained & classic; 99 dusty, cedar/tobacco notes, fruit still trussed up by lacy tannins Loaded with potential; needs at least a decade from harvest. 70% cab, 20% merlot, 10% cab f; 2 yrs Fr (Nevers) oak, 80% new.’ – Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2004, 4.5*

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