sábado, 2 de marzo de 2013

Meerlust Rubicon, Stellenbosch 2007


MEERLUST RUBICON, STELLENBOSCH 2007

- Winery: Meerlust Estate is one of the oldest and most prestigious South African Wineries in the Stellenbosch wine region. Meerlust has a long history and the Myburgh family have been making wine at the estate for eight generations since 1756. Current owner Hannes Myburgh (who studied winemaking at Geisenheim, Germany and Chateau Lafite) continues to maintain the family tradition to the art of fine wine making. The head winemaker since 2004 is Chris Williams, who has worked at Meerlust since 1995, and has worked for Michel Rolland in France. Meerlust consists of 110 hectares of vineyards located 15 kilometers to the south of Stellenbosch and 5 kilometers away from False Bay. The Estate is ideally positioned for the production of characterful and complex wines – there are cooling ocean breezes and evening mists in the summertime which allow the grapes to ripen slowly and thereby gaining full, complex, rich and robust varietal characteristics. The soil is similar to those of Bordeaux, it is deep well-draining Hutton and Clovelly soil types (decomposing granite and clay), ideal for wine-growing offering the vines good drought resistance and conditions for producing concentrated, complex wines. 110 hectares are planted, mainly with red varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir. The 2007 Rubicon is 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc. The wine spent a total of 20 months in 70 % new French Nevers oak with 30 % 2nd fill Nevers and Allier barrels.

- Indicated blend: Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

- Tasting Notes: Very deep, youthful colour, intense almost purple hue. Very classic Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedarwood and intense spice. Still young and intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured but packed with fresh dark fruit and rounded, linear tannins.

- Food & Wine match: Try with venison, game, pot roast, barbecued beef, beef carpaccio and noble cheeses.

- Reviews: First Vintage of Rubicon to be given 5 stars by John Platter.

"It has a well-defined, quite opulent mint tinged bouquet with touches of macerated red cherries, red currant and sloes. The palate is medium-bodied with a toasty entry and good depth. Drink now-2017." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

- Price: £20.99

STELLENBOSCH WINE REGION

Stellenbosch is an important wine-producing district in the Western Cape province of South Africa, located 30 miles (50km) east of Cape Town. The historic town of Stellenbosch dates back to 1679 when it was founded by the governor of the Cape Colony, Simon van der Stel. It has a well-drained hilly terrain, with most vineyards lying at an elevation of about 330ft (100m) in sheltered valleys below the Cape Fold mountain range. The first vines were planted by Huguenot settlers in 1690.

The overall terroir of Stellenbosch consists of a Mediterranean climate, with warm and dry growing seasons, along with a variety of soils - ranging from dark, alluvial, well-draining soils in the valley to decomposed granites on the hillsides. This combination results in the production of high-quality wines, mostly reds. Cabernet Sauvianon performs exceptionally well here and produces some of the best examples in South Africa. Merlot. Pinotage and Shiraz are other notable reds, Chenin Blan, Chardonnay and Sauvianon Blanc are the prominent whites.

Any mention of Stellenbosch would be incomplete without recognizing the significant contribution of Stellenbosch University to the South African wine industry, both in terms of research and development and the provision of high-quality training.

COASTAL WINE REGION

The Coastal Region is the most important wine-producing region of South Africa - representing the financial and historical heart of South African wines. Although a large appellation, the most prominent wine-growing areas are concentrated around the Cape Peninsula and the Northern Cape, stretching across 420 miles (700km) from north to south.

The combined influence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans is the most important climatic feature in the Coastal Region. Overall, a Mediterranean climate helps to ripen the grapes during the day whereas the cold nights ensure that the flavor profiles and the acidity of the wines are maintained. But the climate varies considerably inland, especially in areas with high altitudes where cool-dimate viticulture is dominant.

Like the climate, the Coastal Region's soil profile varies dramatically, ranging from clay-dominated, moisture-retaining soils and well-draining shales to calcareous and lime-rich outcrops.

A plethora of grape varieties thrive in the Coastal Region's terroir, with all the major international grape varieties making quality wines. Chenin Blanc (locally known as Steen) and Pinotaae perform exceptionally well.

Written by: farehamwinecellar and wine-searcher

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