Plaisir de Merle
is a Distell showpiece, this 1000 hectare estate in Simondium, Paarl
, has earned international acclaim for its white and red wines. Winemaker Niel Bester attributes the benefits of not only working with great fruit coming from a very unique terrain, but also getting the valuable input from Dr Paul Pontallier, MD at Chateau Margaux. An historical farm established in 1687, producing wines that are classically styled and accessible, is the goal for all involved. The grapes were picked in perfect condition with an excellent chemical composition - low pH and a high natural acidity. This meant that although the major part of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation this wine still retains its freshness and young character.
Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay is a pale straw-coloured wine with a greenish tinge, has aromas of toasted almonds and honey on the nose. It has a great mouthfeel, a freshness of caramelised lemons and a tropical sweetness balanced by subtle toasted wood flavours. A well-integrated wine with an appealing flavour, and a pleasant lingering aftertaste.