jamie goode's wine blog: The Masters: a top South African wine to accompany it

Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Masters: a top South African wine to accompany it

I know golf is hideously uncool, but I like it. Each year, I watch the Augusta Masters, which is the first major tournament in the calendar, and because of the time difference is pretty convenient for evening viewing over here in the UK, glass in hand.

Even though we've had a family bash here for the last few days, I've managed to see most of the BBC coverage. Tonight it's the final round, and in honour of the third round leader I'm going to be drinking a South African wine - Meerlusts 2003 Rubicon. It's really good stuff. Earlier on I took elder son down to the golf range. He hits the ball really well - I'm hoping that he'll be my ticket to lots of rounds of golf in the next few years, without the guilt of abandoning the family!

Meerlust Rubicon 2003 Stellenbosch, South Africa
A South African classic that lives up to its reputation. In past vintages I've found Rubicon perhaps a little hard and angular, but today the 2003 is showing beautifully, with sweet, elegant fruit. The nose is ripe, sweet, mineralic and cedary, with a subtle gravelly edge to the ripe red and black fruits. There's some soft earthiness here, too. The palate has a lovely combination of sweet fruit with minerally earthiness, in quite a Bordeaux-like mould, but perhaps without the sternness that classic Bordeaux can show in its youth. It's a fantastic wine in quite a traditional style, which is drinking well now but which will age well. 93/100

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At 9:01 AM, Anonymous keith prothero said...

as I have posted elsewhere,it is great that Immelman,won as he learnt to play golf at my home course,and until recently his whole family lived about 5 minutes away.
A true winelands family.

As to the Rubicon.On sunday I had lunch with Remington Norman and Cathy van Zyl amongst others,and we were treated to a number of old Cape wines,including a stunning 84 Rubicon

At 9:05 PM, Blogger Hermano 2 said...


I thought of you on the recent SA part of the EAT MY GLOBE trip

I was lucky enough to be hosted to a brai by the Den Dulks, owners of De Toren and they opened a couple of pretty special bottles including their first 1999 Right bank Bordeaux style

The Fusion V was immaculate with a good balance of fruits and tannins and considerable herbiness

I stayed overnight on a new-ish winery called Lovane. They are just about to release their first wines and the owners opend their Shiraz for me to try on my B'day. One to look out for


At 10:51 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Keith, sounds like a nice lunch - would have liked to have been there. When are you back in the UK? How's the hip doing?

Simon, really looking forward to the book. Will you ever finish travelling?


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