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Full Red | South Africa

Meerlust Merlot 2014

Meerlust Merlot 2014

Complex, elegant

Regular price ₱1,638
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Varietal: Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc
ABV: 14%
Origin: Stellenbosch, South Africa

Size: 750ml

Accolades

4.1 rating, Vivino

Taste Notes

Eyes: Deep, youthful purple
Nose: Intense, dark, brambly fruit, mulberry, liquorice, damson plum, dark chocolate, spice, stony minerality
Mouth: Full bodied, generous, ripe, pure Merlot fruit, refreshing acidity, structured, silky tannins, pronounced length

How to Enjoy

Pair with beef, pork, lamb, grilled salmon, and hearty pastas.

Serving temperature: Room temp. at 16-20°C
Storage: Up to 3-5 days after opening

About this Product

Selected from vineyards of 23 year old Estate-grown Merlot plantings situated on well drained yet clay-rich Oak leaf, Vilafontes and Klapmuts soil. 40% vendage vert (green harvesting cluster removal) at 60% veraison to ensure concentration and even-ripening. Leaves around the bunches were removed 3 weeks before harvesting to ensure physiological ripeness of the berries.

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About 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 Hannes Myburgh, eighth generation custodian of this seventeenth-century national monument.

Meerlust, with its historic manor house, classic wine cellar, family cemetery, dovecote and bird sanctuary is situated fifteen kilometres south of Stellenbosch, with the blue crescent of False Bay a mere five kilometres away. Wines are only made from grapes grown on the Estate which is uniquely positioned for the production of wines with exceptional complexity and character.

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About South Africa

Today, however, South Africa is increasingly responsible for high-demand, high-quality wines—a blessing to put the country back on the international wine map.

South Africa’s wine zones are divided into region, then smaller districts and finally wards, but the country’s wine styles are differentiated more by grape variety than by region. Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is the country’s “signature” grape, responsible for red-fruit-driven, spicy, earthy reds. When Pinotage is blended with other red varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Pinot Noir (all commonly vinified alone as well), it is often labeled as a “Cape Blend.” Chenin Blanc (locally known as “Steen”) dominates white wine production, with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc following close behind.

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About Merlot

An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture, Merlot can be made into a range of styles from everyday-drinking to world-renowned and age-worthy.

Since the release of the 2004 film Sideways, Merlot's reputation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. What most viewers didn't realise was that as much as Miles derided the variety, the prized wine of his collection—a 1961 Château Cheval Blanc—is made from a blend of Merlot with Cabernet Franc.

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