The Meerlust Red 2018 is a blend of 56% Merlot and 44% Cabernet Franc. The wine has an intense, dark ruby colour with a violet rim. The nose has aromatics of green and red bell pepper, 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 soft and silky, the acidity fresh, the flavour focused and linear.
Producer Information: Meerlust
A true South African icon winery, growing fine wines on the Meerlust Estate 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 farm and settled here in 1693. He 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.
Its proximity to the sea allows its vineyards to benefit from the cooling effect of the prevailing south-east wind during the hot Cape summers, permitting a slow ripening of the grapes for a rich varietal aroma. The area experiences extremely heavy dew deposits and its annual winter rainfall measures approximately 550mm. Further moisture is derived from the mists that occur in this coastal belt during the ripening period. Temperatures are moderate around the year.
The Rubicon is their flagship Bordeaux-style red blend that has been turning heads since its first release in 1980, but they also produce an award winning Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pomerol style Merlot.