This wine is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Malbec. The pH is 3.6, the residual sugar is 2.9 grammes per litre, and the total acidity is 5.6 grammes per litre. The winemaker was R. Christians. Seventeen different vineyard batches were vinified separately, and approximately nine aerative pump-overs were employed. Two or three rack and returns occurred during primary fermentation at approximately 26°C, in order to ensure maximum extraction, followed by two to three weeks extended maceration on skins. The wine was then drained and gravity-filled to barrels for Malolactic Fermentation (MLF). The separate batches were blended after eleven months and then returned to barrel for a further nine months’ maturation. Zymaflore (FX10) was the main yeast used for alcoholic fermentation. 41% new and 59% second and third fill 225 litre French oak barrels were used to mature the wine in.
This wine is named in honour of a former owner of Rustenberg, John Xavier Merriman, who bought the farm in 1892 in sympathy with farmers suffering from the phyloxera crisis. He played a great role in revitalizing Rustenberg and in promoting the tourism and agricultural value of Ida’s Valley, the area close to the town of Stellenbosch in which Rustenberg is situated.
This wine was imported by Scanwine of Sweden AB.
Colour : Dark blackberry
Aroma : Blackcurrant, blackberry, plums, herbs, milk chocolate, coffee
Taste : Blackcurrant, tobacco, herbs, blackberry, structured drying tannins on finish
Alcohol : 14%
Price : 201 SEK
Mark : B-
Website : Rustenberg Estate