Meerlust Merlot, Stellenbosch

£21.50 / bottle
£245.10 / case (12+ bottles, 5% off)

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Meerlust Merlot is one of South Africa’s classic Merlot wines. It is made at Meerlust Estate, one of the oldest and most prestigious South African Wineries in the Stellenbosch wine region.

Meerlust has a long history and the Myburgh family have been making wine at the estate for eight generations since 1756. Owner Hannes Myburgh (who studied winemaking at Geisenheim, Germany and Chateau Lafite) continues to maintain the family tradition to the art of fine wine making. The head winemaker since 2004 is Chris Williams, who has worked at Meerlust since 1995. Meerlust consists of 110 hectares of vineyards located 15 kilometres to the south of Stellenbosch and 5 kilometres away from False Bay. The Estate is ideally positioned for the production of characterful and complex wines – there are cooling ocean breezes and evening mists in the summertime which allow the grapes to ripen slowly and thereby gaining full, complex, rich and robust varietal characteristics. The soil is similar to those of Bordeaux, it is deep well-draining Hutton and Clovelly soil types (decomposing granite and clay), ideal for wine-growing offering the vines good drought resistance and conditions for producing concentrated, complex wines. The estate is most famous for its Cape Blend, Rubicon.

Meerlust Merlot is produced 24 year old estate-grown Merlot plantings. Grapes are picked by hand and are manually selected prior to crushing. Fermentation is in stainless steel vats with a daily remontage and delestage for gentle extraction. The wine then undergoes malolactic fermentation in 300L French oak cask. The wine is aged in 50% new Nevers French oak and 50% second fill Nevers for 17 months before bottling.

Meerlust Merlot 2017 is 100% Merlot. Previous vintages have had small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

Tasting Notes

The dark fruit and opulence of the wine is immediately apparent. We have been refining the viticulture to produce more balanced, flavourful fruit. Intense dark brambly fruit on the nose, mulberry, liquorice and damson plum with hints of dark chocolate and spice, tempered by a stony minerality. The medium-full bodied palate offers generous, ripe, pure Merlot fruit with refreshing acidity, structured yet silky tannins and pronounced length and minerality. There is a core of juiciness, opulence and richness typical of the variety, while the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot lend greater complexity to the wine.

Food Pairing

Drink Meerlust Merlot with red meats, game and strong cheeses.

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