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Meerlust Chardonnay 2016

Producer Information

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.

Vineyards

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.

Winemaking

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.

Vintage Information

“The smallest crop in half a decade has resulted in concentrated, ripe wines. The hot conditions demanded an early harvest, which means alcohol levels are generally lower than average. Sunburn was a problem in some regions, but there was at least minimal threat of rot thanks to very dry weather throughout the season.”, www.jancisrobinson.com

Tasting Note

Attractively platinum in colour with bright green inflections. Complex and pretty on the nose with notes of quince, citrus and vibrant florals, which develop into lemon curd, oatmeal and marzipan richness. Full bodied and generous on the palate with a crisp acidity and a long, mineral finish.

Food Pairing

Serve with grilled fish, pork or roast chicken.

Serving Suggestion

Serve at 12-14°C.

Press

2017 SAWi Awards – Grand Gold
5 Stars Platters Guide 2017

Stellenbosch, South Africa
100% Chardonnay
Screwcap
13.50%
1.71 g/l
6.7 g/l
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