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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


A prestigious family owned winery near the town of Stellenbosch, Rustenberg has invested heavily in recent years; overhauling the cellar and building a new, inviting tasting room. The farm has a long pedigree, having been established in 1683 as a Dutch homestead. The current owners are the Barlow family, with second generation Simon Barlow steering the estate toward ever high quality since 1987. Their prize wines are the John X Merriman Bordeaux blend, a fleshy, supple Merlot dominated wine and.. read more

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.