Wine of the Week – Rustenberg John X Merriam 2010

This Bordeaux Blend from South Africa is made by a winery dating to 1682 when the farmland was granted to Roelof Pasman, a German settler.
Today, it’s under the ‘caretaker-ship’ of Simon Barlow, whose parents, Peter and Pamela bought it in 1914 and ran it until 1987. Simon is committed to “playing in the highest quality international wine stakes” where “passion and total dedication to quality are absolute in both vineyard and cellar.”
The wine, named for a former owner of the farm who purchased it in 1892, revitalized it and was one of the first to promote wine tourism before such a thing existed, is a stunning Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and small amounts of Petite Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc.
Grown on the steep slopes of Stellenbosch Mountain, the grapes are harvested and the wine is aged in French oak barrels. Fruit-forward with an intense aroma, it is plummy with elegant tannins, soft, yet rich. Go to

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