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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 revitalizing Rustenberg and in promoting the tourism and agricultural value of Ida's Valley, the area close to the town of Stellenbosch where Rustenberg is situated.
John X Merriman is Rustenberg's Estate wine, a blend of Bordeaux varietals that illustrate the ageability and true expression of Rustenberg's finest vineyards.
We recommend decanting this wine before serving.
The 2019 vintage was a challenging one for the Rustenberg team. While the winter of 2018 was a welcome break from the previous four winters of drought, most vineyards had not fully recovered and produced below-average yields. A warm snap in June and a wet Spring, coupled with a wetter than average Summer harvesting season made 2019 a challenge, with some late harvest thinning or multiple harvests of the same vineyard required to achieve uniformity. Early and mid-season ripening varieties performed well, all achieving flavour ripeness at lower alcohol levels, while late-ripening varieties required patience and extended time on the vines, again achieving lower alcohols overall, but creating ripe, structured wines.
|Type Of Wine:||red wine|
|Vintage:||2019 Other vintages|
|Appellation:||Stellenbosch (Western Cape, South Africa)|
|Grapes:||Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot|
|Wine Level In The Bottle:||Mid-Shoulder (ME - Mi-Epaule)|
Elaboration of Rustenberg Stellenbosch John X Merriman 2019
Rustenberg Stellenbosch John X Merriman 2019 (Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot)
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 with cigar tobacco and sour cherry notes. As the wine ages and its fine-grained tannins soften, a softer more savoury palate develops, revealing wonderful drinkability and tertiary complexity.
GRAPES: 43.5% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 7.5% Petit Verdot
AGEING: Aged for 20 Months (35% New French Barriques; 65% 2nd & 3rd fill).
CELLARING POTENTIAL: 10 to 15 years from vintage under ideal cellaring conditions
PREPARATION: Hand-picked grapes in February-March 2019. Crushed and Destemmed Fruit, Pumped Over During Ferment. Fermentation in Stainless Steel Tanks. Bottled in December 2020.
Reviews of Rustenberg Stellenbosch John X Merriman 2019
- As the wine ages and its fine-grained tannins soften, a softer more savoury palate develops revealing wonderful drinkability and tertiary complexity.