2015 John X Merriman
|Grapes||Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, Merlot|
The 2015 John X Merriman was matured for 20 months in French barriques, 35% new. It has far more fruit concentration on the nose, featuring blackberry, boysenberry and crushed violet aromas; just a touch of spice develops with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, quite rounded in the mouth with good acidity, and certainly fruiter on the finish compared to the 2016, although it needs more precision and finesse to rank with the top-tier Cabernet blends. Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 88 Neal Martin, vinous.com (Aug 2018)
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The John X Merriman is a powerful wine that rewards aging. In its youth the wine is worth decanting and expresses cassis, black currant 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.Winemaker's notes(Mar 2018)
Vineyards producing the grapes for Rustenberg's wines climb the rich red slopes of the Simonsberg and Helderberg. The style of wine determines the vineyard to be used: Rustenberg has a history of success with reds.
The viticulturist, Nico Walters, and his dedicated team have been working hard to rejuvenate their vineyards by planting virus-free vines imported from France. A small-scale nursery has been started for propagation, providing available rootstock for upgrading, replanting and experimentation. Controlled irrigation is used when necessary to alleviate stressed vines and maximise the quality of the grapes. All grapes are hand-harvested in the early mornings and all vineyard blocks vinified separately, then blended for added complexity.
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