Meerlust

Growing fine wines on the Meerlust Estate has been part of the Myburgh family tradition for eight generations, beginning in 1756. Long recognized for producing world-class wines, Meerlust is situated fifteen kilometres south of Stellenbosch in the heart of South Africa’s winelands. The first owner of the property, Henning Huising, settled here in 1693 and named his new-found home “Meerlust”, meaning “pleasure of the sea”, as the manor house sits on a granite outcrop only 5 km from False Bay. Visitors to the Estate – a National Monument – have for centuries anticipated seeing the cool, white façade of the Manor House as they passed through the gates and along the palm and oak tree-lined drive. Today, that sense of having arrived at a most treasured home and estate is enhanced by the knowledge – on seeing the sweep of vineyards that flank the drive – that here grow the grapes of the prized Meerlust wines.
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Meerlust

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Meerlust Chardonnay
Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myburgh family since 1756. Today, the traditional dedication to the art of winemaking continues under the guidance of eighth generation custodian Hannes Myburgh. Produced from grapes from four vineyards on the estate, the Meerlust Chardonnay is the only white wine produced here.
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Meerlust Pinot Noir
Contemporary Meerlust is an exciting fusion of the refreshingly modern and the tirelessly classical. The grapes are selected from 3 clones of Pinot Noir with an average age of 21 years old. The vineyards are located at the highest point on the estate, benefitting from the cool, maritime breezes from False Bay. The wine was matured in new and second fill Allier Hogsheads for 11 months before bottling.
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Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon
"Meerlust", means "pleasure of the sea", as the manor house sits on a granite outcrop only 5km from False Bay, the vineyards are refreshed in summer, by ocean breezes and evening mists which roll in from the coast. The Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon was vinified from selected fruit of 2 low yielding mature vineyards. Only the free run wine was used and aged for 16 months in tight grained French Nevers oak barrels.
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Meerlust Merlot
Merlot is selected from 26+ year old vineyard parcels on the estate. Malolactic fermentation took place in 300L French oak Hogsheads, before 17 months of maturation in new and second fill Nevers French oak barrels. A portion of Cabernet Franc was added for structure and acidity, and a splash of Petit Verdot giving the wine a lifted floral aroma and polished, sleek tannins.
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Meerlust Red
The Meerlust Red replaces Rubicon when quality is deemed insufficient for the flagship blend. This efficient red is a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. All the vineyards were green harvested during veraison to reduce yield, increasing concentration, tannin ripeness and fruit definition. The resulting wine was barrel aged for 17 months in a mixture of 1st fill, 2nd fill and 3rd fill French oak.
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Meerlust Rubicon
"The die is cast," Julius Caesar is supposed to have said as he led his troops towards Rome in 49BC across the crucial border of the Rubicon River, marking an irrevocable turning point in history. In 1980 a new frontier was crossed in the South African wine industry, with the birth of a new red Bordeaux-style blend, the Meerlust Rubicon. Like Caesar, there could be no turning back! The blend comprises Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This iconic wine is only made in quality years and the portions of each variety vary according to vintage.