Meerlust Red 2020

Technical Analysis

Winemaker - Altus Treurnicht
Main Variety - Merlot
Alcohol - 14.28 %vol
pH - 3.52
RS - 2.6 g/l
Total Acid - 5.5 g/l
Appellation - Stellenbosch


Type - Red


2023 Investec Trophy Wine Show - Bronze
2023 Tim Atkin South African report - 91 points

Tasting Notes

Youthful colour, deep and dense with garnet red hue. Red fruit and warm spice on the nose with some supporting oak notes. Still young and intense, the palate is full-bodied, structured but packed with fresh red fruit and soft rounded tannins.

Ageing Potential

Ageing potential of 5-8 years, provided wine is stored in ideal cellar conditions.

Blend Information

32% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Franc, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot

In The Cellar

The 2020 Red is a blend of Merlot (32%), Cabernet Franc (31%), Cabernet Sauvignon (29%) and Petit Verdot (8%), every parcel of each variety was fermented separately before undergoing malolactic fermentation in 300 L barrels and large Foudré. After 8 months in oak, the components were blended and given another 8 months in barrel for harmonization before bottling. With its rich flavour profile and carefully selected blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot grapes, the Meerlust Red is a true expression of the estate's commitment to quality and excellence in winemaking.

Additional Information

Meerlust has a long-standing commitment to producing exceptional wines. In 1985, the estate released its first Red blend, which marked the first declassification of its flagship Rubicon wine. Since then, the Meerlust Red has been reserved for vintages that do not meet the estate's exacting quality standards for Rubicon. However, due to the popularity of the Meerlust Red and the estate's focus on nurturing young vineyards, the wine has been added as a permanent fixture in the Meerlust range from 2020.

Made only from estate-grown grapes, the Meerlust Red draws fruit from the estate's four distinctive terroirs, each providing a unique element to the final blend.

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