Meerlust Pinot Noir 2022

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. In sping 2020, winemaker Wim Truter joined Meerlust, taking over from Chris Williams to become only the third winemaker to take the reins at this historic estate. The name Meerlust means “pleasure of the sea”, as the property is situated 5km from False Bay (and 15km south of Stellenbosch), where the cooling influence of the coast allows the grapes ripen slowly.


As with all our wines, the Pinot Noir is a true expression of the Meerlust estate and illustrates the unique climate and soil of the farm. The wine draws fruit from blocks located on one of our four distinctive terroirs namely – Compagniesdrift – The soils from this warm north-facing slope are predominantly formed from weathered granite. The wines originating from this granitic hilltop are expressive and bold in structure, mainly due to the coarse gravelly texture and sufficient soil depth to promote long and even ripening. The blocks are situated on the highest part of the estate and benefit from cool nights and a prevailing sea breeze that passes over the blocks in the afternoon.


Grapes were destemmed and crushed to small fermenters. Light handling during fermentation allowed gentle extractions resulting in elegant structure. Maturation took place in new and second fill 300L barrels as well as in two Foudré for 10 months.

Vintage Information

Ideal winter conditions that supplemented water reserves and contributed to even growth provided an excellent foundation for the 2022 vintage. Exceptional summer rainfall resulted in lush canopies with high growth rates. Extremely high temperatures were experienced in January. Early cultivars such as our Pinot Noir, were harvested at good flavour and sugar concentrations, with lower acidity and higher pH than the previous year.

Tasting Note

The wine shows a vibrant garnet colour with a youthful appearance. On the nose the wine shows pronounced lifted floral perfume with a brooding and seductive red berry fruit, earthy, wild mushrooms, and hints of spice. On the palate there are very pure Pinot fruit flavours on entry with red cherry and musk flavours coupled with fresh acidity. The wine has layered complexity with great elegance and finesse. Fine lacy, almost powdery tannin on the finish.


Food Pairing

Enjoy with white and red meats, duck, Parma ham, grilled line fish, tuna, wild mushrooms and traditional cheeses.

Serving Suggestion

Serve at 16-18°C.


2024 Platter Guide – 92 points
2023 Tim Atkin South African report – 93 points

Stellenbosch, South Africa
100% Pinot Noir
2.79 g/l
Total Acid 5.69 g/l

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