Meerlust, Red 750ml 2019

South Africa, Stellenbosch
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The 2019 Meerlust Red is a classy release and offers exceptional value for a wine with this much pedigree. It hits the spot in the classic Meerlust way, offering elegance, superb balance and fine-toned, gentle tannins. The blend is made up of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon with 31% Merlot (higher than usual), 21% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. As there will also be no 2019 Merlot bottling, the estate's best Merlot was blended into the 2019 Red, giving it particular charm and finesse.

Tasting notes:
'The nose shows red fruit, violets, subtle notes of vanilla and spice plus a hint of reduction. The palate is opulent and open, or at least as much so as any Meerlust wine ever gets. To be hyper-critical, it might be said that it is lacking in mid-palate, but there’s a nice freshness and the tannins are quite soft making it instantly likable. You suspect the property won’t have any cash flow problems in the foreseeable future.' – Christian Eedes,, 90/100

'An elegant intro with fresh notes of crushed herbs and red fruit. An inviting, lifted nose – typical Meerlust maritime aromas over graphite and old-world Cabernet Sauvignon depth, leading to a medium-bodied palate with lovely balance and a more-ish, classic finish. Very claret like. Ready to enjoy now but will easily evolve for a decade and more.' – James Pietersen (Feb 2021)

'The wine has an intense, dark purple colour with a violet rim. Bright and vivacious in the glass, very youthful. The nose is expressive with powerful cassis, plum, exotic spice and hints of floral aromas. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with intense flavours of crushed black fruit, cassis, vanilla and dark chocolate. The tannins are very soft and silky with fresh acidity and a focused, linear flavour profile. The wine has a persistent and long lasting aftertaste.' – Winemaker
More Information
Alcohol 14%
Technical analysis RS: 2.5 g/L | TA: 5.6 g/L | PH: 3.61
Variety Bordeaux Blend
Blend information 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.
Rating CE 90
Winemaker Wim Truter and Altus Treurnicht
Body Medium-bodied
Drink to Drink or cellar
Producer information Meerlust Estate, owned by the Myburgh family, has been in the family for eight generations. Located 5km from False Bay, the property was given the name 'Meerlust' from the original owner, which means 'pleasure of the sea'. The Meerlust name is synonymous with tradition, elegance and longevity. In fact, it was their Cabernet Sauvignon, produced since 1975, that was the first to carry the Meerlust label.
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