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Rustenberg - RM Nicholson 2016


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Stellenbosch
  • Wine Area: Simonsberg
  • Wine Maker: Randolph Christians
  • Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
  • Grape Percentage: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Shiraz, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.3%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2019.
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 89 (2009) JR: 16 (2009) WS: 89 (2009) WE: 88 (2009) JP: 4 Stars (2009)

Wine tasting notes

Blackcurrant aromas are complemented by scents of dried herbs and notes of black pepper and spice, followed by a palate with serious structure from the Bordeaux varieties and finishing off with softness from the Shiraz. This wine is named for a former charismatic owner-winemaker, Reg Merriman Nicholson, who lived and worked on the farm for 30 years and was the creator of Rustenberg's famous "Dry Red" wine.

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 (2009)89 pts Aug 2011. Reviewer : Neal Martin. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Syrah with Bordeaux varieties, raised in 20% new oak (both French and American), the 2009 RM Nicholson has ripe, dark berry fruit on the vigorous nose with a hint of mocha. The palate is full-bodied with a firm grip and nicely focused, the oak deftly handled towards the tannic but fresh finish. It is a little chunky for sure, but well-crafted and almost Medocian in style. Drink 2012-2018. (2009)16 pts

Tasted May 2011 - Smoke, tomato leaf, very tannic. Not massively endearing – has a tannic, grippy finish that dominates at the moment. Should keep and develop well though – has the fruit power. Warm alcohol on the finish is a bit heavy-handed. (RH)

Wine Spectator (2009)89 pts

Issue: Web Only 2011 - Ripe and refined, with a cedar and toasty vanilla frame to the cassis, blackberry and dark plum fruit. Shows a flash of loam on the well-defined finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Drink now through 2012.  ?JM

Wine Enthusiast (2009)88 pts

A heady and intense red blend composed mostly of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz with touches of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, this wine offers a seriously firm structure with gripping tannins and a palate loaded with black plum skin, forest berries, cigar leaf and a hint of rosemary twig. The finish is long and reminiscent of French press coffee; try… — L.B. (11/1/2011)

John Platter (2009)4 stars

John Platter,, 4 Stars (2009) –"2009's blackcurrants spiced by dried herbs, fynbos. Terrific grip ex 50% cab; shiraz (42%), splashes p verdot, cab f, malbec add red fruit nuances, leafy tones. 16 mths Fr/Am, 20% new."

Vinification Notes

Small batches of selectively hand-picked fruit were carefully chosen to create this wine. Primary fermentation occurred in tanks, followed by Malolactic Fermentation (MLF) in 20% new French and American and 80% 2nd-fill barrels. Creative blending after 9 months, followed by a further 7 months oak maturation, ensured complete integration of wood with fruit aromas and flavours.