Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myburgh family since 1756. Today, the dedication to quality winemaking continues under the guidance of 8th generation, Hannes Myburgh. Cellar Master, Chris Williams, who has worked on the estate since 1995 has been in charge of winemaking since 2004. The name Meerlust means “pleasure of the sea”, as the property is situated 5km from False Bay (and 15km south of Stellenbosch), with the cooling influence of the coast, allowing the grapes ripen slowly.
The grapes are sourced from two vineyards on the estate, the first planted in 1991 and situated on alluvial Dundee soils which produces the rich textured mouth feel and minerality. The younger vineyard was planted in 2007 on Cartref soils giving a greater fruit expression.
Partial whole bunch pressing and static settling takes place overnight with some solids remaining in the juice. The juice is then transferred to 60% new tight grain Allier French Oak and 40% second fill 300 litre barrels for fermentation. Half of the barrels are inoculated with selected Chardonnay yeast, while the other half undergo un-inoculated, spontaneous fermentation. After fermentation, the wine is given a racking to remove heavy lees and returned to barrel for malolactic fermentation. The wine is barrel matured for 12 months before bottling.
The grapes were hand picked at five separate picking stages to ensure optimum ripeness. The 2011 vintage produced wines with notable richness and persistence.
Very bright, polished platinum with green, vivacious hue. Complex, appealing nose with quince, citrus and floral notes developing into lemon cream, oatmeal and marzipan richness. Full bodied and generous on the palate, balanced by crisp acidity. Ripe tropical fruit and creaminess balanced by a pure minerality, finishing long.
Serve with grilled fish, pork or roast turkey/chicken.
Serve at 12-14°C. Cellaring potential: up to six years, provided wine is stored in ideal conditions.
Stellenbosch, South Africa