Meerlust Red 2019

Technical Analysis

Winemaker - Chris Williams
Main Variety - Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol - 14 %vol
pH - 3.61
RS - 2.5 g/l
Total Acid - 5.6 g/l
Appellation - Stellenbosch


Type - Red

Tasting Notes

Weather vagaries and Meerlust’s exacting quality requirements determine that not every vintage is worthy of our flagship red blend Rubicon. Thus is born, in rare years, our collector’s Meerlust Red 2019. The Red 2019 is a blend of  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot aged in French oak for 17 months. Intense fresh red fruit combines with floral, spicy notes in a medium-bodied wine with a soft, silky texture.

Ageing Potential

8-10 years from vintage date.

Blend Information

43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot

Food Suggestions

Venison, game, pot roast and noble cheese

In The Vineyard

Soil Type: Decomposed granite mixed with clay.

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 2019 Meerlust Red was barrel aged for 17 months in 46% 1st fill French Oak, 45% second fill and 9% 3rd fill.

Additional Information

The wine has an intense, dark purple colour with a violet rim. Bright and vivacious in the glass, very 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 very soft and silky with fresh acidity and a focused, linear flavour profile. The wine has a persistent and long lasting aftertaste.

The Meerlust Red 2019 is a blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. All the vineyards were green harvested during veraison to reduce yield, increase concentration, tannin ripeness and fruit definition.

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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