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The 2014 Rubicon displays the restraint and elegance of the cooler vintage. Still showing a very deep, youthful colour, and intense almost purple hue. Beautifully perfumed and floral nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood and intense spiciness. A typical liquorice note and stony minerality also evident on the nose. Still youthful and intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is medium bodied, structured by beautifully sleek, ripe tannins which restrain the vibrant delicate fruit typical of this vintage, giving the wine an opulent texture which is kept focused by the linear acidity. The wine lingers on the palate with creamy fruit mouthfiilling tannins. This wine will age 15 – 20 years, provided wine is stored in ideal cellar conditions.
94+ points Greg Sherwood MW
“An invitingly youthful, opulent nose bursting with blueberry pie, vanilla pod spice, violets, cedar wood and polished mahogany. Very impressive with lifted black currant and raisined cranberry notes, the complexity of this wine is mesmerising. The palate is wonderfully suave, fleshy and elegant, showing superb harmony and balance combined with Cabernet Sauvignon backbone, power and breadth. There are lashings of delicious sweet cassis, black currant pastille, blueberries, and seductive creamy oak vanillins. Such a polished example, finely tuned, and positively oozes with class and pedigree. This impressive 2014 should drink well now and for another 25+ years if well cellared. Bravo Hannes Myburgh and winemaker Chris Williams.”
90 pts Wine Spectator 2/28/18
Mature, with polished edges to the mix of coffee, tobacco, steeped black currant and warm fig paste flavors. Light loam and savory hints add range on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
4 ½ Stars 2018 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Cab-based (67%) flagship blend with merlot, cab franc & petit verdot. One of the most classic local expressions of the style. 14 gentler than the cab, with the sleek, darkly bright elegance of the merlot, & its own firm tannic balance & succulent suppleness based on ripe fruit.