Meerlust Estate Red 2018
- Bordeaux Blend
- South Africa, 750ml
The high proportion of Cabernet Franc indicates the great quality that this variety showed in 2018, the Merlot adding suppleness and juicy fruit. The wine has an intense, dark purple colour with a violet rim; bright and vivacious in the glass, youthful. The nose is expressive with powerful cassis, plum, exotic spice and hints of floral aromas. On the palate the wine 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.
- Winery: Meerlust Estate - Hannes Myburgh
- Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
- Region: Stellenbosch, South Africa
- Vintage: 2018
- Alcohol: 14%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Cork
- Food pairing: Venison, game, pot roast and noble cheeses
One of South Africa best value wines from the legendary wine maker Chris Williams who works in the oldest family-owned vineyards in the country (controlled by 8th generation Hannes Myburgh). A Bordeaux Blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot known as the iconic little brother to 'Rubicon'.
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 kilometers south of Stellenbosch, with the blue crescent of False Bay a mere five kilometers 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 varietal flavours. The soils consist 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.
- 91+/100 Points - Greg Sherwood, Wine Safari (2018 vintage)
- 4 Stars & Recommended - The Real Review (2017 vintage)
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