Meerlust Red 2017

Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Food Pairing: Beef and Cheese

Serving temperature: Ideally served at 17°-18°C.

Style: Dry

Region: Stellenbosch

Alc. 13,5% vol. 

Residual Sugar: 3,2g/l

Total Acidity: 6,4g/l

pH: 3,5

Aging Potential: Up to six years, provided wine is stored in ideal cellar conditions.

Allergy information: Contains suliftes

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Meerlust Chardonnay 2018

Very bright, polished platinum with green, vivacious hue. Complex, appealing nose with pear, citrus and floral notes developing into lemon cream, oatmeal and marzipan richness. On the palate the wine is medium bodied and linear but retains generous focused citrus fruit flavours with sleek, balanced and crisp acidity. The wine remains vivacious and fresh on the finish with clean citrus fruit and stony minerality. The wine has a long, very pleasant lingering finish.

Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay

Food Pairing: Grilled fish, white and red meat.

Serving temperature: Ideally served at 12-14°C.

Style: Dry

Region: Stellenbosch

Alc. 13,0% vol. 

Residual Sugar: 3,2g/l

Total Acidity: 6,4g/l

pH: 3,5

In the Cellar: Some solids remained in the juice. Transferred to 50% new tight grain Allier French Oak and 50% second fill 300 litre barrels for fermentation.  Half of the barrels were inoculated with selected Chardonnay yeast, while the other half underwent un-inoculated, spontaneous fermentation.  After fermentation, the wine was given a racking to remove heavy lees and returned to barrel for malo- lactic fermentation.  The wine was barrel matured for 10 months before bottling.

Aging Potential: Up to six years, provided wine is stored in ideal cellar conditions.

Awards: 

2017 SAWi Awards - Grand Gold

5 Stars Platters Guide 2017

Decanter April 2017 - 90 points

Allergy information: Contains suliftes

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Buschstraße 20

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Meerlust Merlot 2016

2016 was a watershed vintage for our Merlot. We have been refining the viticulture to produce more balanced, flavourful fruit. This, coupled with the perfect conditions of 2015 has produced our best Merlot yet. Deep, youthful purple colour with a ruby rim. Intense dark brambly fruit on the nose, mulberry, liquorice and damson plum with hints of dark chocolate and spice, tempered by a stony minerality. The  medium-full bodied palate offers generous, ripe, pure Merlot fruit with refreshing acidity, structured yet silky tannins and pronounced length and minerality. There is a core of juiciness, opulence and richness typical of the variety, while the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot lend greater complexity to the wine.

Grape Varieties: Merlot

Food Pairing: Red meats, game and strong cheeses. Ideally served at 18°C – 19°C

Serving temperature: Ideally served at 18°-19°C.

Style: Dry

Stellenbosch

Alc. 14% vol. 

Residual Sugar: 2,2g/l

Total Acidity: 5,6g/l

pH: 3,69

Vineyard

Selected from vineyards of   25 year old Estate-grown Merlot plantings situated on well drained yet clay-rich Oak leaf, Vilafontes and Klapmuts soil. 30% vendage vert (green harvesting cluster removal) at 60% veraison to ensure concentration and even-ripening. Leaves around the bunches were removed 3 weeks before harvesting to ensure physiological ripeness of the berries.

Vinification:

Fermentation in stainless steel tanks with partial un-inoculated fermentation. Daily remontage for gentle extraction. A portion of the wine was given extended maceration on the skins for three weeks before pressing. Malolactic fermentation took place in 300 litre French oak Hogsheads. Maturation in 50% new Nevers French oak, 50% second fill Nevers for 16 months before bottling. The Meerlust Merlot 2015 is a blend of 85% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc for structure and acidity and 7% Petit Verdot which gives the wine a lifted floral aroma and polished, sleek tannins.

Ageing Potential: Up to 12 years, provided wine is stored in ideal cellar conditions

Allergy information: Contains suliftes

Importer:

Schlumberger Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH & Co KG

Buschstraße 20

53340 Meckenheim

20,90 €

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Meerlust Pinot Noir 2017

Intense, vivid translucent youthful purple-ruby appearance. The wine shows pronounced lifted perfume on the nose with red berry fruit, musk, wild mushrooms and hints of savoury richness and spice and a clean vibrant minerality. . 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. Very fine lacy, almost powdery tannin on the finish.

Grape Varieties: Pinot Noir

Food Pairing: White and red meats, duck, Parma ham, grilled line fish, tuna, wild mushrooms and traditional cheeses.

Serving temperature: Ideally served at 18°-20°C.

Style: Dry

Stellenbosch

Alc. 13,3% vol. 

Residual Sugar: 2,8g/l

Total Acidity: 5,8g/l

pH: 3,55

Vineyard:

Selected from 3 clones of Pinot Noir with an average age of 20 years old, situated on loamy gravel topsoil with clay sub-soil.The vineyards are located at the highest point on the Estate (85-120m) with South facing aspect to benefit from the cool, maritime breeze from False Bay. 30% vendage vert (green harvesting cluster removal) at 50% veraison to ensure concentration and even ripening.

Vinification:

245Fermentation in small stainless steel cuvees with regular pigeage for gentle extraction. Partial un-innoculated fermentation before pressing directly into French oak tight grained Hogsheads for malo-lactic fermentation. After racking, the wine was matured in 50% new Allier Hogsheads and 50% second fill Hogsheads for 11 months before bottling.

Aging Potential: Up to 2023, provided wine is stored in ideal cellar conditions.

Allergy information: Contains suliftes

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21,40 €

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Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

The Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 has an intense, youthful purple colour with slight gradation at the rim. On the nose the wine shows intense cassis, mulberry, plum and classic cedar wood-cigar box notes with lifted dark fruit aromas. On the palate the wine is full bodied and impressively structured with rich blackcurrant and plum fruit bolstered by refined tannins and fresh natural acidity.

Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon

Food Pairing: Roast meat and game. Ideally served at 18ºC - 20ºC.

Serving temperature: Ideally served at 18°-20°C.

Style: Dry

Stellenbosch

Alc. 14% vol. 

Residual Sugar: 2,2g/l

Total Acidity: 5,9g/l

pH: 3,6

Vineyard

The Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 was vinified from selected fruit from low-yielding mature vineyards. The vines are densely planted on gravelly, low vigour Vilafontes and Dundee soil which has approximately 15 % clay to ensure water availability to the vines roots right through the growing season. The hand picked fruit was vinified in the traditional manner with partial un-inoculated fermentation and regular remontage. Only the free-run wine was used and aged for 21 months in tight grained French Nevers oak barrels. 50% of the barrels were brand new with 50 % second fill casks.

Vinification:

The hand picked fruit was vinified in the traditional manner with partial un-inoculated fermentation and regular remontage. Only the free-run wine was used and aged for 21 months in tight grained French Nevers oak barrels. 50% of the barrels were brand new with 50 % second fill casks.

Aging Potential: Although approachable now the Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 will be best from 4 - 15 years from vintage.

Awards:

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2013 - Bronze

Allergy information: Contains suliftes

Importer:

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Buschstraße 20

53340 Meckenheim

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Meerlust Rubicon 2016

The 2016 Rubicon shows great charm and drinkability even at this early stage, no doubt a result of the high Merlot and Cabernet Franc composition. We were very cautious with regards to tannic structure as some of the later Cabs exhibited astringency which we wanted to minimise in the final blend. Wonderful exotic aromas of plum, sandalwood and perfume, still with a touch of creamy vanilla. The palate is medium bodied with a forward dark fruit flavour of cassis and mulberry followed by a lithe tannic structure fleshed out with juicy fruit. The impression is one of litheness and grace rather than over-arching power.

Grape Varieties: 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot

Food Pairing: White and red meats, duck, Parma ham, grilled line fish, tuna, wild mushrooms and traditional cheeses.

Serving temperature: Ideally served at 18°-20°C.

Style: Dry

Stellenbosch

Alc. 13,9% vol. 

Residual Sugar: 2,56g/l

Total Acidity: 5,9g/l

pH: 3,52

Vineyard:

Soil: The Cabernet Sauvignon is grown on low yielding, predominantly biotite partially decomposed granite gravel topsoil rich in quartz and feldspar to a depth of approximately 600mm with a loamy clay subsoil. The Merlot vineyards are planted on more clay rich, yet well drained soils to ensure moisture retention and availability to the vines roots right through the summer. There are considerable deposits of iron-rich Laterite in the Merlot vineyards which accentuates the fruit definition and mineral profile of the wine. The Cabernet Franc Vineyard is situated on very well drained, stony Vilafontes soil with approximately 20% clay which is ideal for this variety.

The Petit Verdot is on Oakleaf 3 soils on a northerly aspect to ensure full phenolic ripeness

Vinification:

The vintage was generally later with some uneven ripeness showing in the later Cabernets. A decision was made to practice very gentle extraction to ensure the wines were not overly tannic or astringent. The Merlots were the star of the vintage and so extended maceration on our best Merlot tanks yielding succulent, opulent wines. The varieties were fermented separately with a combination of remontage and delistage. The wines were transferred to barrel early for malo-lactic fermentation in 55% new Nevers oak, 25% second fill barrels and the remaining 20% in older French oak barrels. The final blend is indicative of the vintage: 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, the lowest in Rubicon history, with 28% Merlot, exhibiting this varieties great expression in the unusual 2016 vintage, 20% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. The wine was barrel aged for 16 months before bottling

Aging Potential: 15 - 30 years, provided wine is stored in ideal cellar conditions.

Awards: 

(Wine Safari Score: 97+/100 Greg Sherwood MW)

2017 SAWi Awards - Platinum

Decanter World Wine Awards 2013 - Commended Medal

scored 92 by Neil Martin from The Wine Advocate (eRobertParker.com) December 2012

Allergy information: Contains suliftes

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23,90 €

37,00 € / L
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