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Meerlust ‘Red’ 2013

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 grown on decomposed granite mixed with clay. All of the vineyards are green-harvested during veraison to reduce yield and increase concentration, tannin ripeness and fruit definition.

Winemaking

The different grape varieties are fermented separately before undergoing malolactic fermentation in new and seasoned oak, before selection, blending and bottling. The Meerlust Red is barrel aged in 55% new Nevers and 45% second-fill casks.

Vintage Information

The 2013 vintage was simultaneously one of the most challenging and rewarding vintages of the last few years. Rain and a cold winter posed some difficulties. However, these cool growing conditions had a positive effect on Bordeaux varietals, which ripened well and produced wines with freshness and finesse.

Tasting Note

Intense dark purple in colour with a vibrant violet rim. Expressive on the nose with aromas of ripe blackcurrant, plum, spice and lifted floral notes. The tannins are soft and silky, the acidity fresh and the flavour profile focused and linear.

Food Pairing

Casseroles, venison, game or cheese dishes. Also great with spicy dishes.

Serving Suggestion

Serve at 18-20°C.

Stellenbosch, South Africa
31% Merlot
37% Cabernet Sauvignon
23% Cabernet Franc
9% Petit Verdot

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