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 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.
The different grape varieties are fermented separately before undergoing malolactic fermentation in new and seasoned oak, before selection, blending and bottling. The 2011 Meerlust Red was barrel aged in 55% new Nevers and 45% second-fill casks.
The grapes were hand picked.
An intense, dark purple colour with a violet rim; bright and vivacious in the glass. The nose is expressive with powerful cassis, plum, exotic spice and hints of floral aromas. On the palate it is medium-bodied with intense flavours of crushed black fruit, cassis, vanilla and dark chocolate. The tannins are soft and silky, the acidity fresh, the flavour profile focused and linear. The wine has a persistent and long-lasting aftertaste.
Casseroles, venison, game or cheese dishes - a good curry wine.
Serve at 18-20°C. Cellaring potential: Up to 2025, provided wine is stored in ideal conditions.
Stellenbosch, South Africa
33% Cabernet Sauvignon
10% Cabernet Franc
5% Petit Verdot