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2004 Rustenberg South African (Red Blend) "John X Merriman"

Winery: Rustenberg

Vintage: 2004

Wine Name/Vineyard: "John X Merriman"

Wine Category: South African (Red Blend)

Grape blend: 46% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, & 9% Petit Verdot

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Stellenbosch

State or country: South Africa

Price: $30

Cases produced: 2,100

KWG Score: 92.2 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93.99-90)

Review date: May 14, 2007

Wine Review: 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 musty and earthy bouquet. On the palate, this wine is very smooth and really expresses it fruit flavors. It is a touch acidic and dry. This wine is very versatile and will match well with many foods. The finish is very dry and slightly extended. This is my favorite vintage of the John X Merriam, going back over the last few years. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: A great vintage following the excellent 2003. There is more restraint in this vintage and the wine is very complex all around. Typical Rustenberg aromas of cellar spices, dark cherries & fynbos. The palate is richly layered with fruit tannin and well-balanced.

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