Rustenberg

John X Merriman Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.058 ratings
9.07 pro ratings
Stellenbosch, Coastal Region, Western Cape, South Africa
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc
Top Notes For
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
Shay A
9.1

It's easy to get stuck in to the rut of enjoying California wines (and I need to branch out to Oregon and Washington!), as we have access to some phenomenal New World US wines. In an effort to expand my knowledge, I began seeking out some South African wines, and @Greg Ballington knew just how to help. This is the first of 3 wines he sent (we did a wine swap) and a great start! This 2011 is drinking excellent right now, and I found it to drink just as well on the first day as it did the second. For the price, this is an awesome value. This is all red fruit like boysenberries and raspberries mixed with vegetal notes on the nose. The finish is full of herbs, red licorice and earthy undertones.

It's easy to get stuck in to the rut of enjoying California wines (and I need to branch out to Oregon and Washington!), as we have access to some phenomenal New World US wines. In an effort to expand my knowledge, I began seeking out some South African wines, and @Greg Ballington knew just how to help. This is the first of 3 wines he sent (we did a wine swap) and a great start! This 2011 is drinking excellent right now, and I found it to drink just as well on the first day as it did the second. For the price, this is an awesome value. This is all red fruit like boysenberries and raspberries mixed with vegetal notes on the nose. The finish is full of herbs, red licorice and earthy undertones.

Jan 25th, 2017
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
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
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
Corey Reis

On my wine list at the Little Wine Counter

On my wine list at the Little Wine Counter

May 29th, 2014
Ted Corvey

Awesome little Bordeaux blend that’s in a great place right now. Huge QPR.

Awesome little Bordeaux blend that’s in a great place right now. Huge QPR.

Dec 24th, 2018
Eric Shattuck

Not much to add to the other reviews. Very well balanced between nose and palate. Big fruit flavors with some underlying green pepper. Mild tannins. Great wine, great value

Not much to add to the other reviews. Very well balanced between nose and palate. Big fruit flavors with some underlying green pepper. Mild tannins. Great wine, great value

May 7th, 2017
Krista Stoker

Quite dry

Quite dry

May 7th, 2016
Jennifer Sun

Delicious!!! Dry, nicely blended. Wild red fruits on the nose, deep reds and plums on the palette. Very enjoyable!!!

Delicious!!! Dry, nicely blended. Wild red fruits on the nose, deep reds and plums on the palette. Very enjoyable!!!

Jan 13th, 2016