Meerlust Pinot Noir 2017

Technical Analysis

Winemaker - Chris Williams
Main Variety - Pinot Noir
Alcohol - 12.4 %vol
pH - 3.64
RS - 2.2 g/l
Total Acid - 5.4 g/l
Appellation - Stellenbosch

Characteristics

Type - Red
Style - Dry
Body - Medium
Taste - Fragrant


Tasting Notes

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.

Ageing Potential

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


Blend Information

100% Pinot Noir

Food Suggestions

White and red meats, duck,  Parma ham, grilled line fish, tuna, wild mushrooms and traditional cheeses. Ideally served at  16° - 18°C

In The Vineyard

Selected from 3 clones of Pinot Noir with an average age of 21 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 60% veraison to ensure concentration and even ripening.


About The Harvest

2017 was a perfect vintage for Pinot Noir on the estate, being generally cool with no rain during harvest. Grapes handpicked and selected in the coolness of morning before partial de-stemming and crushing.

In The Cellar

About 20% whole bunch ere used in the fermentation 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.


Other Vintages

Wine Wine Maker Main Variety
Meerlust Pinot Noir 2017 Chris Williams Pinot Noir
Meerlust Pinot Noir 2016 Chris Williams Pinot Noir
Meerlust Pinot Noir 2015 Chris Williams Pinot Noir
Meerlust Pinot Noir 2013 Chris Williams Pinot Noir
Meerlust Pinot Noir 2012 Chris Williams Pinot Noir
Meerlust Pinot Noir 2011 Chris Williams Pinot Noir
Meerlust Pinot Noir 2010 Chris Williams Pinot Noir
Meerlust Pinot Noir 2009 Chris Williams Pinot Noir
Meerlust Pinot Noir 2008 Chris Williams Pinot Noir
Meerlust Pinot Noir 2007 Chris Williams Pinot Noir
Meerlust Pinot Noir 2006 Chris Williams Pinot Noir
Meerlust Pinot Noir 2004 Chris Williams Pinot Noir
Meerlust Pinot Noir 2001 Chris Williams Pinot Noir
Meerlust Pinot Noir 2000 Giorgio dalla Cia Pinot Noir
Meerlust Pinot Noir Reserve 1999 Giorgio dalla Cia Pinot Noir
Meerlust Pinot Noir 1999 Pinot Noir
Meerlust Pinot Noir 1997 Giorgio Dalla Cia Pinot Noir

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