Rustenberg

John X Merriman Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.0191 ratings
9.023 pro ratings
Stellenbosch, Coastal Region, Western Cape, South Africa
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pungent Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Hard Cheese, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Herbs, Chicken, Turkey, Soft Cheese, Beans & Peas, Duck, Blue Cheese, Onion
Top Notes For
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

8.9

Third of the blinds.

Medium to deep mix of garnet and ruby red. Definitely showing it's age on the nose with bell peppers, tomato, chalk and some cinnamon with air. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) that are rounded and well integrated. Layered palate with red berries, gravel, cedar, cassis, herbaceous notes and eucalyptus. Seemed a touch younger on the palate. Medium bodied with a very dry and long finish. Drink till 2020.

Third of the blinds.

Medium to deep mix of garnet and ruby red. Definitely showing it's age on the nose with bell peppers, tomato, chalk and some cinnamon with air. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) that are rounded and well integrated. Layered palate with red berries, gravel, cedar, cassis, herbaceous notes and eucalyptus. Seemed a touch younger on the palate. Medium bodied with a very dry and long finish. Drink till 2020.

Aug 8th, 2017
Susan Lin

Business Development Belmont Wine Exchange, WSET Diploma candidate

9.3

New world fruit with an old world palate: clean yet earthy, with plums, redcurrants, bramble and herbaceous tomato lead, dried violets, tar, rubber (but not overly so) and a dusty, peppery lift. 2011 vintage. Cask matured 20 months. Beautifully matched on nose and palate; sleekly robust.

New world fruit with an old world palate: clean yet earthy, with plums, redcurrants, bramble and herbaceous tomato lead, dried violets, tar, rubber (but not overly so) and a dusty, peppery lift. 2011 vintage. Cask matured 20 months. Beautifully matched on nose and palate; sleekly robust.

1 person found it helpfulJun 26th, 2015
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.1

Deep ruby red. Tons of earthiness on the nose with bell peppers, almost jalapenos and cherries. Moderate tannins (6.5/10) and full bodied. Similar notes on the palate with earthiness, cherries and greenery. Long and lingering finish. This is an insane QPR and delicious SA Bordeaux blend. Drink till 2024.

Deep ruby red. Tons of earthiness on the nose with bell peppers, almost jalapenos and cherries. Moderate tannins (6.5/10) and full bodied. Similar notes on the palate with earthiness, cherries and greenery. Long and lingering finish. This is an insane QPR and delicious SA Bordeaux blend. Drink till 2024.

Jan 11th, 2017
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 2010 - good effort!

Vintage 2010 - good effort!

Sep 23rd, 2016
Shirish Bhide

Black fruits with a hint of stalkiness. Long finish. Could spend another year or two in the bottle.

Black fruits with a hint of stalkiness. Long finish. Could spend another year or two in the bottle.

Feb 27th, 2016
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

8.9

Second time trying this wine. Has gotten huge reviews from WA and WS especially for this price point (19.99). Color was ruby red with garnet edges. Nose had some light notes of barnyard, hay, dirt, green peppers and leather. Initially hit the front of my palate with some fruit, both dark and red fruits. Moderate tannins (6/10) with a moderate body that are not fully integrated yet. Moderate to long finish that lingers and is slightly vegetal. Rated this an 89 with potential to improve once it fully integrates.

Second time trying this wine. Has gotten huge reviews from WA and WS especially for this price point (19.99). Color was ruby red with garnet edges. Nose had some light notes of barnyard, hay, dirt, green peppers and leather. Initially hit the front of my palate with some fruit, both dark and red fruits. Moderate tannins (6/10) with a moderate body that are not fully integrated yet. Moderate to long finish that lingers and is slightly vegetal. Rated this an 89 with potential to improve once it fully integrates.

Nov 2nd, 2015
Doug Burress

Sales K&L Wines

9.8

One of those bottles that I am so happy that I opened, and so sad at the same time. A perfect Fred's Steak and claret night with this South African blend. I wish I had more.

One of those bottles that I am so happy that I opened, and so sad at the same time. A perfect Fred's Steak and claret night with this South African blend. I wish I had more.

Sep 6th, 2015
Adam K.

Very smooth. Good red meat wine, but it's interesting on its own. I don't know, just felt balanced.

Very smooth. Good red meat wine, but it's interesting on its own. I don't know, just felt balanced.

Jun 23rd, 2015
mattswineworld

Big, drying tannins mask the black fruit somewhat: needs a few years taming.

Big, drying tannins mask the black fruit somewhat: needs a few years taming.

Jun 5th, 2015
Rob Toups

Great blend! Easy but bold enough with meats

Great blend! Easy but bold enough with meats

Jul 12th, 2014