Meerlust – A South African Icon

 

When I first found out that I was going to South Africa, Meerlust was one of the first names down on my wish list of places to visit. And I wasn’t disappointed.
Based just outside Stellenbosch, the estate has been in the Myburgh family’s hands since 1756 – so much for ‘New World’, and has built a reputation based largely on it’s iconic Rubicon Bordeaux blend, which I have to say, is outstanding but to forget about the other wines is to forget some other brilliant wines.
We arrived late (from lunch) to meet Chris Williams the cellar master and taste through a selection of wines.
Chardonnay 2009
Ripe but very fresh fruited with rich butter and nuts. Citrus, melon and notes of tropical fruit with exceptional length and a dry mineral finish. 89/100
Pinot Noir 2010
Lovely restraint, slightly herbaceous and savoury in character bright cherry fruit and tight. Very well done. 92
Pinot Noir 2009
More expressive with lovely open knit structure and concentrated bright fruit. Good length. 94
Merlot 2007
Contains 10% Cabernet Franc and shows some lovely brambly berry fruit flavour and some herbaceous edges. Smooth but rich and plummy. 90
Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Lovely deep bramble and coffee flavours. Quite simple but with fine linear tannins. Fresh acidity and tightly woven. A bit hollow in the mid palate. 88
Cabernet Sauvignon 1983
Lovely dried fruit and fresh tobacco. Tannins are still there but are integrated and have had the edges worn down. Very sweet perfumed aromas. Lovely and proof that new world wines can age gracefully. 91
Rubicon 2007
Multi dimensional bright fruited with lovely meaty/savoury character. Mineral, stony notes, pencil lead and cigar box – all the classic claret descriptors are there. Complex, intense and with great length. 92

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