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Introducing Saronsberg Sekelmaan Shiraz

We are so excited to introduce a brand new addition to Saronsberg's iconic legacy, the 2015 Sekelmaan Shiraz.

For Saronberg's Cellarmaster Dewaldt Heyns, who has headed the cellar since its inception in 2004, the release of this ultra-premium Shiraz represents a new milestone in Saronsberg’s history. In the cool first light on the 23rd of February 2015, harvest began for the maiden vintage of this limited release. That night, the moon – a waxing crescent – set behind Saronsberg Mountain, just as it had done every month for millennia. A symbol of growth and rebirth, the sickle moon (‘sekelmaan’) was a silent witness to the rise of a new wine that embodies the fullness of time and nature, an experience that connects earth and stars.

The grapes were sourced from the upper reaches of Block 27, a small vineyard located on the east-facing slopes of Saronsberg Mountain. This is the first time a single vineyard wine has been released under the Saronsberg label.

Great Heart Wines joins our Portfolio

With much excitement, we welcomed Great Heart Wines to our portfolio on the 1 June 2022.

The company is collectively owned by the staff of Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines and profits from sales of all Great Heart wines go directly to the staff who are the shareholders of the company. The Great Heart wines are grown and produced in the Mullineux & Leeu vineyards and cellars, by winemaker Gynore Fredericks, with the same attention to detail the team follows in everything they do, resulting in wines with a natural intensity, complexity and a true sense of place reflecting the characteristics of the region, as well as those who live and work there.

“This 100% staff empowered range adds a great dimension to our portfolio and we are very proud to present these exceptional wines to our customers. We look forward to growing the national footprint of Great Heart and further entrenching this fine wine brand in the market at the hands of our knowledgeable and committed sales team.“ says Meridian Wine Merchants Managing Director, Shane Allchin.

Decanter World Wine Awards 2022

The results from the 19th edition of the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) have been released. The Meridian producers have secured 1 Best in Show, 2 Platinum and 6 Gold medals. A big congratulations to all the producers!

Ken Forrester Wines Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2021 was named best in show with a magnificent 97 points.

Both De Wetshof Wines Bateleur Chardonnay 2020 and Paul Cluver Wines Seven Flags Chardonnay 2020 received platinum medals and 97 points.

Gold Medals:

  • Cederberg Five Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 - 96 Points
  • Cederberg Shiraz 2019 - 95 Points
  • Delaire Graff Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2020 - 96 Points
  • Delaire Graff Estate White Reserve 2019 - 95 Points
  • Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2018 - 96 Points
  • Rust en Vrede 1694 Classification 2017 - 95 Points

Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2022

The 2022 results of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles competition have been released. Nearly thirty years of experience have enabled this competition to become a reference in terms of international wine competitions. The competition takes place in 4 distinct sessions to professionally assess each type of wine according to their specificities.

We are celebrating the stellar ratings received for the great wines from our producers as per below:

Grand Gold Medal:

  • Cederberg Five Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Gold Medals:

  • Cederberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
  • La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
  • Rust en Vrede 1694 Classification 2017

Congratulations to Cederberg Wines, La Motte and Rust en Vrede.

Ken Forrester’s Chenin Blanc Awarded Decanter Best in Show

Ken Forrester's Old Vines Reserve Chenin Blanc 2021 was awarded a Best in Show Award at the 2022 Decanter World Wine Awards, cementing Forrester’s reputation as the pioneering leader of Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc.

Being recognised as the world’s top Chenin Blanc at the Decanter awards is an endorsement of Ken’s continued commitment to producing world class Chenin, specifically from old vineyards.

“Our philosophy has always been to create a range of sustainable, handcrafted, individually made wines that suitably complements a wide variety of food styles. The Old Vine Reserve Chenin has generous but soft flavours with sufficient body to enhance even spicy and full flavoured meals,” explains Ken.

Say hello to Lezanne Bredell

Lezanne is Meridian’s Makro Client Liaison based in Gauteng. At Makro head office, she fills the duties of a junior buyer for Meridian and also fills the sales consultants’ roles for all the Makro stores in Gauteng. Lezanne has been part of our team for 10 years already starting as our Telesales Supervisor in Meridian Wine Distribution. Lezanne is passionate about wine and has completed her Certificate Wine Course at the Cape Wine Academy.

Prior to Meridian, Lezanne has many year’s experience working in wine. She comes from the Cape and started working for various different wineries straight after school where she gained plenty of experience on the production side of wine such as labelling, bottling, certifications, and she also dealt with exports and tasting room duties. Cheers Lezanne!