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Growing fine wines on the Meerlust Estate, situated fifteen km south of Stellenbosch, has been part of the Myburgh family tradition for eight generations, beginning in 1756.
The first owner of the property, a German immigrant named Henning Huising, recognized the beauty and potential of the area and settled here in 1693. He named his new-found home “Meerlust”, meaning “pleasure of the sea” – the site is on a granitic outcrop only 5 km from False Bay, and in the warm summer months the vineyards are refreshed by ocean breezes and evening mists which roll in from the coast.
Meerlust Merlot 2014 is a blend of 85% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc for structure and acidity and 7% Petit Verdot which gives the wine a lifted floral aroma and polished, sleek tannins. The grapes were selected from vineyards of 24 year old estate-grown vines
The grapes were hand picked and carefully selected before crushing. Fermentation was in stainless steel tanks. 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 barriques with maturation in 60% new Nevers French oak, 40% second fill Nevers for 17 months before bottling.
The perfect growing conditions of 2015 has produced one of Meerlust’s finest Merlots yet. 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 medium-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.