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 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.
Up to 12 years, provided wine is stored in ideal cellar conditions
85% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot
Red meats, game and strong cheeses. Ideally served at 18°C – 19°C
In The Vineyard
Selected from vineyards of 23 year old Estate-grown Merlot plantings situated on well drained yet clay-rich Oak leaf, Vilafontes and Klapmuts soil. 40% 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.
About The Harvest
Grapes hand-picked and selected before crushing.
In The Cellar
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 65% new Nevers French oak, 35% second fill Nevers for 19 months before bottling. The Meerlust Merlot 2013 is a blend of 85% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc for structure and acidity and 6% Petit Verdot which gives the wine a lifted floral aroma and polished, sleek tannins.