Joe Fattorini's Tasting Note: "I have a real soft spot for Rubicon, a left-bank Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. This is still very young and the purple hue and bright fruit will withdraw, replaced by tobacco and cedar and a russet tinge. Today that sweetness matches with venison, but if 10 years, I'd be pairing this with a grouse or even a pheasant."
The wine is aged for 21 months in 70 percent new French Nevers oak, 30 percent second fill Nevers and Alliers barrels
Deep in colour with a purple hue
Aromas of red plums, some floral notes, cedar and sweet spice
Each parcel was fermented separately to monitor vineyard expression. The Cabernets were given lengthy macerations to ensure complete extraction of the perfectly ripe fruit, but the Merlot was given even longer post fermentation maceration to encourage complete polymerization of complex tannins and add a broad, juicy and silky texture to the blend.
The 2015 Rubicon is a classic vintage of this iconic cape wine. Very deep, youthful colour and intense almost purple hue. Very classic Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood and intense spiciness. A typical liquorice note also evident on the nose. Still young and intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured but packed with fresh dark fruit and rounded, linear tannins.