Meerlust Estate Red 2020

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. 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.

Meerlust has a long-standing commitment to producing exceptional wines. In 1985, the estate released its first Red blend, which marked the first declassification of its flagship Rubicon wine. Since then, the Meerlust Red has been reserved for vintages that do not meet the estate’s exacting quality standards for Rubicon. However, due to the popularity of the Meerlust Red and the estate’s focus on nurturing young vineyards, the wine has been added as a permanent fixture in the Meerlust range from 2020.

Made only from estate-grown grapes, the Meerlust Red draws fruit from the estate’s four distinctive terroirs, each providing a unique element to the final blend.


The Meerlust Red 2019 is a blend of 32% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Franc, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot. All the vineyards were green harvested during veraison to reduce yield, increase concentration, tannin ripeness and fruit definition.


The 2020 Red is a blend of Merlot (32%), Cabernet Franc (31%), Cabernet Sauvignon (29%) and Petit Verdot (8%), every parcel of each variety was fermented separately before undergoing malolactic fermentation in 300 L barrels and large Foudré. After 8 months in oak, the components were blended and given another 8 months in barrel for harmonization before bottling. With its rich flavour profile and carefully selected blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot grapes, the Meerlust Red is a true expression of the estate’s commitment to quality and excellence in winemaking.

Tasting Note

Youthful colour, deep and dense with garnet red hue. Red fruit and warm spice on the nose with some supporting oak notes. Still young and intense, the palate is full-bodied, structured but packed with fresh red fruit and soft rounded tannins.

Food Pairing

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

Serving Suggestion

Serve at 18°C.


2023 Investec Trophy Wine Show – Bronze
2023 Tim Atkin South African report – 91 points

Stellenbosch, South Africa
32% Merlot
31% Cabernet Franc
29% Cabernet Sauvignon
8% Petit Verdot

Natural Cork
2.6 g/l
3.52 pH

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