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Rustenberg - Merlot 2018


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Stellenbosch
  • Wine Area: Simonsberg
  • Wine Maker: Randolph Christians
  • Grape: Merlot
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2019.
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 90 (2010) JP: 4 Stars (2010)

Wine tasting notes

Rich aromas of blackberries, cassis, eucalyptus and dark chocolate follow through to a smooth palate that is both balanced and well-rounded. Full fruit flavours and soft tannins, together with good aromatics and ideal acidity, made 2010 an excellent vintage.

Winery Information


Rustenberg Estate, founded as long ago as 1682 on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in Stellenbosch, stands proud as one of the true grandees of the South African wine trade. Current owners, the Barlow family, have been at Rustenberg for over 70 years – the longest period any one family has owned the farm. Their family ownership has transformed Rustenberg from a distinguished producer on the local scene to a new era South African standard setter on the international stage.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2010)90 pts #204.Dec 2012. Reviewer : Neal Martin. TThe 2010 Merlot sees 55% French new oak. It has a vibrant dark cherry and boysenberry scented nose laced with vanilla and then after a few minutes, there are hints of blackcurrant pastilles. The palate is well balanced with supple ripe tannins, layers of toasty dark berry fruit laced with espresso and spice. The finish is rounded and well defined with hints of white pepper and orange peel towards the well crafted finish. This is a lovely Merlot from Rustenberg, although I would drink it in its youth. Drink now-2015.

John Platter (2010)4 stars

2010 preview with bright red fruit, lavender & vanilla wafts. Poised & well-structured, with a delicious concluding fruit acid grip.

Vinification Notes

A cold, wet winter in 2009 allowed for the lovely, even budding of the vineyards during spring, and the warm, sunny days that followed in summer resulted in great flavour and colour development in the berries.