Rustenberg John X Merriman
39 Ratings
Detail
39 Ratings
Rustenberg John X Merriman

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2011 Vintage) Although we had a dry winter, there was plenty of water available when required in the hot summer months to ensure that the vineyards matured naturally, without undue stress. The vineyards boasted perfect canopies, allowing optimum light penetration for the ripening of bunches and the development of good colour. During the harvest, perfect phenolic ripeness with soft, ripe tannins was achieved. The berries were of great quality and ideal colour, and came in at lovely low sugars due to cool conditions at harvest.

  • User Avatar

    Decanted it softened considerably after an hour, tannins died down. Very Bordeaux in style.

    almost 5 years
  • User Avatar

    really nice after long time breathing

    about 5 years
Expert Reviews
Read all 3 expert reviews
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 1999 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 145 on Feb-03
  • Ken's Wine Guide
    (From 2004 Vintage) This wine was one of the most popular wines at a recent tasting that I conducted. There certainly wasn’t any left at the end of the evening. Always a good sign. This ruby red wine opens with a mus...
  • Wine Enthusiast
    (From 2004 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast