In the cellar – Meerlust
RED, MEERLUST, STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA 2011
Long recognised for producing world-class wines, Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myburgh family since 1756. Today, the traditional dedication to the art of winemaking continues under the guidance of Hannes Myburgh, eighth generation custodian of this seventeenth-century national monument.
Meerlust, with its historic manor house, classic wine cellar, family cemetery, dovecote and bird sanctuary, is situated fifteen kilometres south of Stellenbosch, with the blue crescent of False Bay a mere five kilometres away. Wines are only made from grapes grown on the Estate which is uniquely positioned for the production of wines with exceptional complexity and character.
In the summertime, ocean breezes and evening mists roll in from the coast to cool the vineyards. The grapes ripen slowly, thus achieving full, concentrated flavours. The soil consists of predominantly deep, well drained Hutton and Clovelly soil types, affording the vines excellent drought resistance and an ideal substrata for producing concentrated, complex wines.
This wine is the classic blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It is made from the young vines of one of the great properties of South Africa, Meerlust Estate. Produced in limited quantities, it is medium-bodied with intense flavours of black fruit, vanilla and green pepper with soft silky tannins, fresh acidity and a hint of Christmas spices on the finish. The ideal partner to our roasted Hampshire turkey!
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