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 selected from three clones of Pinot Noir with an average age of 17 years, grown on a loamy gravel topsoil with clay sub-soil. The vineyards are located at the highest point on the estate (85-120m) and are south-facing benefiting from the cool, maritime breeze from False Bay.
30% green harvesting takes place at veraison to ensure concentration and even ripening. Partial de-stemming takes place before pressing. Fermentation occurs in small stainless steel vats with regular pumping over for gentle extraction. Partial un-innoculated fermentation takes place before the juice passes into French oak tight grained Hogsheads for malo-lactic fermentation. After racking, the wine is matured in 55% new Allier Hogsheads and 45% second fill Hogsheads for 11 months before bottling.
The grapes were hand picked and selected in the coolness of the morning.
Youthful ruby in colour. Very pure Pinot fruit with red cherry and musk flavours coupled with fresh acidity. Layered complexity with great elegance and finesse. Very fine lacy, almost powdery tannin on the finish.
White and red meats, parma ham, grilled line fish, tuna, wild mushrooms and traditional cheeses.
Serve at 16-18°C. Cellaring potential: Up to 2018, provided wine is stored in ideal conditions.
Stellenbosch, South Africa
100% Pinot Noir