Meerlust Red 2011

Technical Analysis

Winemaker - Chris Williams
Main Variety - Merlot
Alcohol - 14.0 %vol
pH - 3.60
RS - 2.3 g/l
Total Acid - 6.1 g/l
Appellation - Stellenbosch


Type - Red
Style - Dry
Body - Medium

Tasting Notes

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.

Ageing Potential

12 - 15 years from vintage date.

Blend Information

52% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot

Food Suggestions

Venison, game, pot roast and noble cheesesIdeally served at 18° - 20° C

In The Vineyard

Soil Type: Decomposed granite mixed with clay.

All the vineyards were green-harvested during veraison to reduce yield and increase concentration, tannin ripeness and fruit definition.

About The Harvest

The grapes were handpicked.

In The Cellar

The grapes were fermented separately before undergoing malolactic fermentation in new and seasoned oak, before selection, blending and bottling. The 2011 Meerlust Red was barrel aged in 55% new Nevers and 45% second-fill casks.

Other Vintages

Wine Wine Maker Main Variety
Meerlust Red 2020 Altus Treurnicht Merlot
Meerlust Red 2019 Chris Williams Cabernet Sauvignon
Meerlust Red 2011 Chris Williams Merlot
Meerlust Red 2009 Chris Williams Cabernet Sauvignon
Meerlust Red 2005 Chris Williams Cabernet Sauvignon
Meerlust Red 2002 Chris Williams Cabernet Sauvignon
Meerlust Red 1.5L Single Bottle 0

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Meerlust Estate Baden Powell Drive P.O. Box 7121 , Stellenbosch, 7599, South Africa