Rustenberg John X Merriman 2005, Wo Simonsberg Stellenbosch

Red Blend Red Blend
South Africa

$27.95 (707323)

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November 08, 2008

Critic Reviews (7)

David Lawrason
David Lawrason

Made from all five Bordeaux varieties ? cab sauv, merlot, cab franc, malbec and petit verdot -and aged 20 months in...

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Vintages
Vintages

Modern classic' Bordeaux-style blend ... A real charmer. Entices with fresh, ripe fruit perfume, silky sleekness,...

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Ted Able
Ted Able

Moderate acidity, firm tannins, green pepper, peppercorns, meat, mulberry, cas.

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Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator

Polished, with a solid mix of black cherry, plum, vanilla and grilled herb notes that show good length on the finish....

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John Szabo, MS
John Szabo, MS

A Bordeaux-style blend that shows moderate ripeness, elevated, high-toned notes, floral, dill, fennel and fresh...

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John Stewart
John Stewart

A Bordeaux-style blend that shows moderate ripeness, elevated, high-toned notes, floral, dill, fennel and fresh...

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Megan Victor
Megan Victor

A blend of 54% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec was aged in 50% new...

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Community Reviews (1)

Andrew Hunter
Andrew Hunter

(opened aug/'11) Wow, this was worth waiting for.

Dark, full bodied. Fantastic nose of candy apple/confectionary (Nibs!) with some herbal, leather and ouzo-like anise overtones. Sweet on the palate but this is in no way cloying or candy-like (thank goodness!). It's extremely well balanced by a strong backbone of tannin, brisk acidity and plenty of savory flavours: Blackberries, sour raspberry, coffee, licorice and heady, alcoholic heat.

Old world meets new...I loved this wine.

Years of life left in it too.

Cautiously curious about the '07...

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