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Rustenberg John X Merriman


Rustenberg John X Merriman is a powerful wine that rewards ageing. In its youth the wine is worth decanting and expresses cassis, blackcurrant and dark fruits complemented by cigar tobacco and sour cherry notes. As the wine ages and its fine grained tannins begin to relax, a softer, more savoury palate develops a wonderful drinkability and mature complexity.

Country: South Africa
Region: Coastal Region
Subregion: Stellenbosch
Vintage: 2019
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec
ABV: 14%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Screwcap
Style: Brooding
Drink With: Fillet steak with a blue cheese sauce

This wine is named after a former owner of Rustenberg, John Xavier Merriman, who bought the farm in 1892 in sympathy with farmers suffering from the phylloxera crisis. He played a great role in revitalising Rustenberg and in promoting the tourism and agricultural value of Ida’s Valley, the area close to the town of Stellenbosch in which Rustenberg is situated. The John X Merriman is a wonderful representation of the Rustenberg estate, a blend of Bordeaux varieties that illustrate the ageability and true expression of its finest vineyards.