Wine: Rustenberg Stellenbosch John X Merriman 2006
Region: Stellenbosch, South Africa
This full-bodied red is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verbot, cabernet franc, and malbec. If you think that’s a lot for any one wine to handle, you might be right — but John X Merriman gets pretty close to doing the job!
Letting this wine breath is definitely recommended as I first tried it at a wine dinner last month and was more impressed with it then, when it had been aerating for hours. On this night, the taste was quite different for me, but still pretty good. It was better that first time, though, when it breathed.
The nose was full of eucalyptus and a bit of smokiness. On drinking, my mouth filled with raisins and dates. There was a soft leather undertone and some sort of berry that I couldn’t put my finger on, though raspberry was close. A great wine with the potential to be even better.
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