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WS 90

Tightly coiled, with verbena, white asparagus and tarragon notes weaving around a core of lemon curd. Reveals a light paraffin echo on the finish. Let this unwind a bit. Drink now through 2018.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (April, 2016)
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

A broad, creamy, honeyed version, with an alluring toasted hazelnut accent framing the core of creamed peach, apricot and melon flavors. The long finish lets matchstick and dried quince notes in. Not shy in style. Drink now through 2019.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2016)
WS 92, WA 91

Dark and ripe, with alluring ganache and espresso notes out front, followed by a core of dark plum, fig and boysenberry confiture flavors. Everything pulls together nicely through the broad, fleshy finish, which picks up a licorice accent while the ganache takes an encore. Still going strong despite the late release. Drink now through 2020. 140 cases imported.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Aug, 2016)
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While I have lamented some of the stalwarts of the region for dragging their heels and remaining hidebound to outdated practices and styles, that is not the case for all.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)
A great vintage with trophy winning quality! Medium dark with black-red color. Explosive nose of red fruits and infused cherry, the palate projects cranberry and plum with smoky strawberry high tones. Bright with a good grip and velvety mouthfeel with considerable ageing potential.
WS 92

This has a rustic feel, with bittersweet cocoa and smoldering tobacco leaf notes coating the core of dark currant, steeped black cherry and licorice root flavors. A roasted alder edge lines the finish. A bit chewy, but shows ample guts and flesh, with an amplified varietal character. Drink now through 2020.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Aug, 2014)