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Meerlust Rubicon, Stellenbosch 2013 (750 ml) De Morgenzon DMZ Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch 2016 (750 ml) De Trafford Blueprint Shiraz, Stellenbosch 2012 (750 ml)
Very classic Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood and intense spiciness with liquorice and stony minerality. The palate is full-bodied, structured by sleek tannins which restrain the vibrant dark fruit. The wine lingers on the palate with creamy fruit.

Long recognized for producing world-class wines, Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myburgh family since 1756. Today, the traditional dedication to the art of winemaking continues under the guidance of Hannes Myburgh, eighth generation custodian of this seventeenth-century national monument.
WS 92

An alluring, rich style, with meringue, shortbread, lemon curd and creamed white peach flavors, laced with a hint of warm brioche throughout. A lovely example of the style. Drink now through 2020.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2017)
WA 92

The 2012 Blueprint Shiraz has an ebullient cassis, blueberry and violet-scented bouquet that is well-defined and brimming over with energy. The palate is medium-bodied with menthol-infused blue and black fruit on the entry. The acidity is nicely judged and it exerts a gentle grip towards the clove and white pepper-tinged finish. Great personality here, a Syrah to enjoy over the next 6-10 years.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)
Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay, Stellenbosch 2012 (750 ml) Kanonkop Paul Sauer, Stellenbosch 2014 (750 ml) De Toren Fusion V 2014 (750 ml)
WA 93

The 2012 Five Soldiers Chardonnay comes from some of the oldest vines on the property, around 22 years old that tend to suffer a lot of coulure that lower yields, whole-bunch pressed with slightly more new wood (70%) for 15 months. The bouquet handles the wood well, with attractive dried honey and candle wax aromas complementing the citrus fruit. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity and frankly you would hardly notice the oak. Citrus fresh with delicate white peach and pink grapefruit notes, this is a lovely Chardonnay.

While I have lamented some of the stalwarts of the region for dragging their heels and remaining hidebound to outdated practices and styles, that is not the case for all. Some estates such as Kanonkop and here at Rustenberg, are really producing some well-crafted wines that deserves attention.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
WE 93

Winemaker: Abrie Beeslaar. Always a stunner, in both regular release as well as the CWG form, Kanonkop's Paul Sauer Bordeaux-style blend is bold and concentrated, with tremendous potential for long-term aging. Made from 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, it's brimming with notes of cassis, licorice root and black-fruit preserves, all buoyed by ample acidity and a pronounced mentholated-herb lift. Bittersweet cocoa, char and chicory unfold on the back of the black fruit-skin fueled finish. Robust, full and firm, drink 2020–2026.

- Lauren Buzzeo, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2017)
WE 91, WS 90

Polished, with an alluring mocha note weaving around the core of steeped cherry, plum and blackberry fruit. Coffee and tobacco details underscore the finish, which is fleshy and suave in feel. Drink now through 2020.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (May, 2017)
Porseleinberg Red, Swartland 2015 (750 ml)
WS 94

This has a gutsy edge, with a mix of steeped fig, boysenberry and blackberry fruit still wrestling with ganache and roasted apple wood notes. A strong, charcoal-coated spine courses through the finish, with waves of tobacco and singed iron echoing. Syrah. Best from 2019 through 2024.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2018)