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JOHN X MERRIMAN 2016 WO Stellenbosch
Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer RUSTENBERG
Assessed from a bottle purchased at the LCBO. Extremely deep intense purple colour. Very attractive, intense, rather complex, slightly spicy, warm, ripe. plummy, black cherry nose with some minerally, gently cedary notes. Dry, medium-full bodied, well structured, gently cedary, harmonious, slightly spicy, warm, ripe, intense, plum-cherry-cassis flavours with a somewhat lifted, slightly earthy, lingering, complex finish. This totally new blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc (no Malbec) has 14.5% alcohol and 3 g/L residual sugar with lot number 306-17 on the lower part of the glass bottle. Not to be missed CSPC 707323
Type Red Table Wine
Agent Woo Win
Country South Africa
Rating ***(91 points)
Delicious, Ripe, Well Structured
LCBO Text Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
A Best Buy
TASTING NOTE: Crop levels were down 50% because of the fire damage on the Simonsberg in 2016, a year when Rustenberg made no Peter Barlow, but this is still an impressive Bordeaux blend with notes of mint, cassis and forest floor, a touch of green tea and a balanced, stylishly oaked finish. 2020-25. Score - 93 (timatkin.com, South Africa Special Report 2019) Price $ 24.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - October 31, 2020
Cases bought 120 (12 bottles per case)

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