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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.
100% Pinot Noir from vines with an average age of 20 years old, situated at the highest point on the estate (85-120metres above sea level) with a South facing aspect to benefit from the cool, maritime breeze tat blows from False Bay.
The 2016 grapes were handpicked and selected in the coolness of morning before partial de-stemming and crushing.
Fermentation was in small, stainless steel vats with regular pigeage (pumping over) for gentle extraction. After fermentation the wine was pressed directly into French oak barriques for malo-lactic fermentation. After racking, the wine was matured in 50% new Allier barriques and 50% second fill barriques for 11 months before bottling.
Intense, vivid translucent youthful purple-ruby in appearance. The wine shows pronounced lifted perfume on the nose with red berry fruit, 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 coupled with fresh acidity. The wine has layered complexity with great elegance and finesse. Very fine tannins provide a searching and long finish.