Online-Only Auction, 31 May - 7 June 2021

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R 9 380
Lot 651
Meerlust; Rubicon; 2009; 6 (1 x 6); 750ml

Lot Estimate
R 5 500 - 7 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 9 380

About this Item

Rubicon, 2009
6 (1 x 6) 750ml
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.
Proclaimed by Meerlust to be one of the very best produced it achieved a silver at the 2019 Old Mutual Trophy wine show and 2015 Sommelier Wine Awards.

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

'As expected, the highlight of the tasting. Pure and beguiling nose, with Bordeaux-like graphite and forest floor notes. Dense, rich, and structured with powerful yet lacy tannins. Fine balance with a serious demeanour. Drink 2025 to 2040.'- Roland Peens (Feb 2021), 95/100

'Expressive of the vintage, the 2009 shows more intensity and concentration of dark fruit, still very tightly packed. Hint of sweet mocha. Unwavering structure, although there is a sweetness and opulence to the fruit that allows drinkability. A long haul vintage.' - Higgo Jacobs (Feb 2021), 95/100

Distinctive, with singed iron and lilac hints, followed by a mix of boysenberry, blackberry and black currant fruit flavors. Dried star anise, cinnamon and black tea notes fill the finish, with iron-coated grip underneath. Tastes like a meeting of Cabernet and Nebbiolo. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2020. 1,500 cases imported.’ – 91/100 Wine Spectator (2015)

Lively pencil lead, cocoa, oil and tar aromas – real sophistication with a flash of green character on the palate and pert tannins. Supreme length.’ Richard Hemming MW 17.5+/20, JancisRobinson.com ( 2018)

Sensational 2009 (92 pts), indisputably great vintage of venerable cab-dominated (70%) Bordeaux blend. Indulgently plush, with dark fruit that easily absorbs & integrates the oak influence (65% new barrels) to produce an impressively complex, densely structured & promising masterpiece. - Platter's SA Wine Guide 2014, 4.5*

Provenance

Private Client


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